Convalescent Aid Society’s 90th Anniversary Garden Party

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Celebrating 90 Years of providing mobility assistance to residents of the San Gabriel Valley

The Convalescent Aid Society (CAS) announced today details for their 90th Anniversary Garden Party to be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the historic La Casita Del Arroyo in Pasadena.

Founded in 1923 by a group of civically-minded women who wanted to help families care for injured loved ones, CAS currently has 19,000 pieces of equipment out on loan to residents of the San Gabriel Valley. In the past 12 months, 11,000 clients and their families have received hospital beds, wheel chairs, commodes, shower chairs, walkers and other associated items free of charge.

“Your equipment has allowed our mother to recuperate at home following a series of extremely difficult medical procedures,” said Patricia Ferber, daughter of a current CAS client. “Without Convalescent Aid Society, our whole family would not have made it through this challenging time.”

“As the largest supplier of free loaned durable medical equipment in the United States, many in the community know of our nine decade narrative of helping elders age with dignity,” said Mark Waterson, Executive Director of Convalescent Aid Society. “But the story that isn’t told is how our services also benefit people of all ages – grandchildren, children, teens, parents and caregivers too, each reap the benefits when a loved one has the tools to function independently. CAS is the only option for many of our clients.”

The anniversary celebration will feature culinary creations by local restaurants, live musical entertainment featuring talent from Pasadena City College and a chance to experience the recently restored 1932 Myron Hunt designed Casita.

CAS is proud to offer festive food faire from surrounding community establishments such as Noor, Three Sisters Catering, The Spot Gourmet, Patticakes, Alta Eats, Red Carpet Cookies, Claud & Co. Catering, The Henry Wine Group plus StoneFire Grill.

Corporate sponsors are: Angel City Data; Balanced Living; Capital Group; Chemie, Inc.; Everything Medical; Functional Physical Therapy; Hello! Home Care; Medline; Plenzani Insurance; Villa Gardens. These sponsors, along with the members of the CAS Board of Directors have generously underwritten this event so that any donation made or ticket purchased will be used to provide service to those in the community.

The party promises to be festive, informative and inspirational. No long speeches; just festive music, fabulous food and great fun!

Former board member Tom Strafaci will be honored for his years of service and for his leadership in helping the organization grow its services & client reach substantially during his tenure. Tom oversaw a 30% increase in clients served on an annual basis and has helped position CAS to continue expanding.

Expected attendance is about 125 people. Guest attendees range from a mix of long-time supporters of Convalescent Aid Society as well as community leaders committed to ensuring that mobility aids are available to all, regardless of ability to pay plus many new friends and families.


WHAT: The Convalescent Aid Society 90th Anniversary Garden Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 pm
WHERE: La Casita Del Arroyo – 177 South Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
HOW: Tickets are available today at or by phone (626) 793-1696

Visit to discover more about how to qualify for service or how to donate used equipment, your time or funds to support our mission.

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