2006 “50th Anniversary Jazz Brunch” at Twin Palms Highlights


Happy 50th Birthday, Pasadena Chapter!  This year’s Twin Palms event honored Actress Victoria Rowell and the tremendous work of her foundation benefiting foster children.

Our commemorative program also honored Educator Sheryl Orange Lee, Principal of John Muir High School, former Principle of Burbank Elementary, and a very dedicated member of the Pasadena Chapter.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pasadena Chapter celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Twin Palms Restaurant in Pasadena with a star-studded Jazz Brunch headlined by Grammy® nominated guitarist and composer, Doc Powell. This year’s gala honorees include Emmy® nominated actress and foster child care advocate Victoria Rowell and Pasadena’s Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League. Long-time LA activist, real estate developer, and publisher of the L.A. Sentinel and BC Chairman and Founder, Danny Bakewell Sr. along with local director Victor Mc Clinton will accept a commendation on behalf of the organization. Past beneficiaries have included Alkebulan Cultural Center, Pasadena Youth Christian Center, the Sycamores Children’s Home, and the Pasadena Running Roses.

The Pasadena Chapter of Jack and Jill is thrilled to honor actress Victoria Rowell for her dedication to improving the quality of life for children in foster care throughout the United States. Ms. Rowell is the founder of Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, Inc. Raised in foster care for eighteen years, Ms Rowell co-starred in the hit prime time television series “Diagnosis Murder” for eight seasons while simultaneously continuing her role as “Drucilla Winters” on the CBS daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless”. Today, Ms Rowell is a strong advocate for foster children. The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan seeks to enrich the lives of foster children through artistic and athletic expression. The mission of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan is consistent with the goals of Jack and Jill of American, Inc.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports in Pasadena . The BCYS of Pasadena is an agency of the Brotherhood Crusade that uses sports to develop a child’s self esteem, confidence and leadership potential, as well as their motor and social skills. It is an opportunity to encourage healthy lifestyle practices and assist children in becoming healthy productive adults. The BCYS league was founded in 2001 to help fulfill the demand for youth sports programs in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area.

We were especially honored to have in person many of the founding mothers of our Pasadena Chapter!

Following Article by BCYS:

Jack & Jill of America, Pasadena Chapter, 50th Anniversary Luncheon

Honoring the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League

February 24, 2007


The Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League was honored by Jack and Jill of America, Pasadena Chapter on November 5, 2006 at the Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena. This luncheon fund-raiser commemorated their 50th anniversary of service to children and the community.

Jack and Jill of America is a family organization whose motto is, providing cultural, social, civic and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the mind to enhance life. They hosted this $100 plate event with over 100 people in attendance. All funds raised would be donated to their charities of choice, one being the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Sports League, where many of the children who have participated in the program were in attendance with their parents who are members of this esteemed African-American organization.

The teen group of Jack and Jill Pasadena Chapter also donated $500 of their fund-raising money to the Brotherhood Crusade as well. Many of the teen group members have participated in the youth sports program and have graciously given back to help support an organization which gave them a start.

On February 24, 2007 the president of the Pasadena Chapter Ms. Kathy Chappell Dossert, Mrs. Debra Ward-Samad , Mrs. Pamela Gasper and Mrs. Gloria Leufroy presented Director, Victor J. McClinton with a check from the proceeds of the luncheon fund-raiser in the amount of $8,124.00, during the 2007 winter basketball championship games at Blair High School. The money’s received was used to purchase team uniforms for the basketball season. Jack and Jill of America Pasadena Chapter was the proud sponsor of this season’s basketball program.