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Contemporary History Makers Gala

September 25, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

A Contemporary History Maker is defined as an individual whose civic passion, innovative design, or charitable interests continue to shape Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage. Pasadena Museum of History honors new History Makers annually at the Contemporary History Makers Gala. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Museum’s educational programs. Click here to view the list of past History Makers: https://dev.pasadenahistory.org/history-makers/

2015 Contemporary History Maker Awards Gala
Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena
The Honorable Bill Bogaard, 2015 Contemporary History Maker honoree.  Photo by Aaron Gil, www.fotonuova.com

The Honorable Bill Bogaard, 2015 Contemporary History Maker honoree. Photo by Aaron Gil, www.fotonuova.com

The Honorable Bill Bogaard, who made history as Pasadena’s first directly elected Mayor in 1999, and whose dedicated public service and respected leadership in this City has spanned nearly four decades, will be recognized as the 2015 Contemporary History Maker by Pasadena Museum of History.

“Especially knowing that he has a huge transition ahead of him before the September Gala, the Trustees and I are honored that the Mayor has accepted our invitation to celebrate him and his lasting contributions to the City.  His influence in Pasadena and unwavering support of nonprofits, including Pasadena Museum of History, for more than forty years was on all of our minds when we asked if he would be our next Contemporary History Maker.” explains PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley. Board President John O. Baatz expands, “Mayor Bogaard will add significantly to the list of more than fifty History Makers that we have honored since 2000, which includes his wife Claire who joined the illustrious group in 2003.  It is difficult to imagine anyone better fitting the description of a Contemporary History Maker: an individual whose civic passion, innovative design, or charitable interests continue to shape Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage.” The Contemporary History Maker Gala is open to the public with tickets starting at $400 and Patron Seats priced at $550. Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Proceeds from the Gala benefit Pasadena Museum of History’s educational programs.
TICKETS: Visit http://bpt.me/1375887 to buy tickets online.  For additional information about the September 25 Gala, the Contemporary History Maker Awards, and past honorees, please contact the Development Office at 626.577.1660, ext. 14.
About The Honorable Bill Bogaard
Bill Bogaard is completing his fourth term as Mayor of Pasadena, after taking office as the City’s first directly elected Mayor in 1999.  In the last sixteen years, he has overseen pivotal events in the City’s history including the arrival of the Gold Line light rail transit system, significant investment in new housing, construction of a new convention center, establishment of new arts institutions, and a reform of the public schools. He serves as chair of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a technology enterprise incubator and workforce development program, and is a member of the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority and the Urban Land Institute.  He serves on the Leadership Advisory Council of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the President’s Advisory Council, California State University Los Angeles.  In 1997, the City of Pasadena granted him its highest civic recognition, the Arthur Noble Award.  In 2008, the Mayor received the University of Michigan Award for Fundraising Volunteer leadership; and in 2013, he received Loyola Marymount University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Mayor Bogaard majored in English at Loyola University (now Loyola Marymount University), served as a U.S. Air Force Captain, and subsequently graduated from Michigan Law School.  In the private sector, Bill Bogaard engaged in private law practice and later served as Executive Vice President of First Interstate Bancorp.  He serves as an arbitrator of business disputes and has taught law at the University of Michigan and the USC Law School. Bill and Claire Bogaard fully immersed themselves in the Pasadena community from the time they first moved to the City in 1971.  Truly a “once and future mayor” Bill served on the Pasadena City Council from 1978 to 1986 including a rotation into the mayoral position for a two-year term from 1984 to 1986.


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September 25, 2015
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Pasadena Museum of History


The Langham Huntington Pasadena
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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(626) 568-3900