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Senior Citizens’ Foundation Holds Award Celebration

First published in the Aug. 19 print issue of the South Pasadena Review

The Senior Citizens’ Foundation of South Pasadena held their inaugural Senior Champion Award Celebration on Aug. 16, at the South Pasadena Senior Center.

The award, which recognizes individuals for sharing their time and talents in service of the community, honored two longtime South Pasadena residents, Granville Thurman and Bob Joe.

Honoree Granville “Granny” Thurman, who has lived 86 years in South Pasadena, has earned the respect of many students through his years as coach, teacher and principal at South Pasadena Middle School. Honoree Bob Joe, a 45-year resident, enjoyed two terms as mayor and member of the City Council. Both have been enthusiastic supporters of the Senior Center and are thankful for the caring staff, the many volunteers and the strong Senior Citizens’ Foundation, which make the Senior Center Program a “vibrant, active, source of joy” for many seniors in the area.


  1. Karie Reynolds and Yuki Cutcheol
  2. Shireen Chang and Mark Langill
  3. Michael and Granville Thurman with Diane and David Mgrublian
  4. Bob and Pat Hawkins with Dianne and Granville Thurman
  5. David Thurman, Teresa Thurman Koontz, Granville Thurman, Dianne, Michael, Michelle, Taylor, Connor and Aubrey Thurman
  6. District representative for state Senator Portantino Dominick Corey, Bob Joe, Meaghan Donahue, Julie Hruby and Mark Langill
  7. Chamber of Commerce President Laurie Wheeler and Department of Community Services Director Lucy Hakobian
  8. Dylan Woldhuis, Brittany Joe, Jeff Woldhuis, Carol and Bob Joe, Ruth Woldhuis, Tessa and Denise Holmes
  9. Senior Citizens’ Foundation of South Pasadena President Bill Cullinane with Senior Champions Award Honorees Granville Thurman and Bob Joe
  10. Senior Center Director Melissa Snyder, Frank and Sylvia Karl, Katrina Faulmino
  11. Lin and Alan Vlacich
  12. Sally Kilby, Shireen Chang, Mayor Jon Primuth, Michael and Pamela Kemp
  13. Former Senior Center Director Liliana Torres and Bill Suter
  14. Rachel Rosales, Casey Cullinane and Isabella Hansen
  15. Diane and Bill Cullinane
  16. Diane Mgrublian, Ronald Mitchell and Michael Cacciotti
  17. Mark Langill, Barbara Klein and Bob Vanderwall
  18. Patrick and Stephanie Kirchen
  19. Richard Helgeson and Gary Penn
  20. Dianne Thurman and Sheila Ananeh Firempong

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