Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation

first_img Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Jaromír StrížkaThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has received a record-breaking $5 million donation. The gift will help the shelter continue to provide compassion and care to the nearly 12,000 animals taken in each year.The generous gift was left by the estate of Jaromír Strížka, a longtime Southern California resident, who passed away this March at the age of 95.Strížka amassed his fortune through the Studio City-based European Crafts, Inc., a wholesale musical instrument and supply store that he founded in 1953 and ran until 2014.This is the single largest donation in the Pasadena Humane Society’s 113-year history. In commemoration, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will name its animal shelter after Strížka.“We are so proud to name our Animal Shelter wing for Jaromír Strížka. Because of his generosity to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, animals locally will benefit directly from his giving,” said Carol Kirby, Chairman of the PHS Board of Directors.Strížka was born in 1919 in what is now the Czech Republic. An accomplished athlete and successful businessman in his home country, Strížka fled Czechoslovakia as the Communist Party rose to power following the Second World War. He immigrated to the United States in 1953, and began his life anew in Hollywood, California. Strížka was a resident of the Hollywood Hills at the time of his death.Strížka had a lifelong respect for all animals. He regularly donated to World Wildlife Fund, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other animal welfare organizations.Friends remember Strížka’s special affinity for cats. “He always seemed to have cat calendars hanging in his office or as his personal appointment book,” says Michael Overing, Strížka’s personal attorney.The large gift will be used towards animal care, shelter services and programs, such as pet adoption, humane education, animal control and public spay/neuter services.“Jaromír Strížka’s generosity will ensure the success of PHS programs and services for years to come,” said Steve McNall, President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “His compassion and commitment to all animals will live on at the Pasadena Humane Society.”The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  TOP STORY Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation Millions of dollars gifted by late animal lover From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img

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