Leadership Pasadena

It's a tie for Leadership Pasadena's inaugural tablescape design competition

Event proceeds to fund training programs

Pasadena, CA July 26, 2018—Hundreds of guests. Dozens of volunteers. 14 tablescape designers. And not one but two designers took the prize for “Favorite Tablescape” of the night. Yes, Leadership Pasadena’s first tablescape competition, Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation, ended in a tie!

Dana Banta and Catie Roheim of The Monogrammed Home and Mikala Rahn along with students from her artWORKS program designed the two winning tablescapes as voted on by event guests. While the design teams produced distinctly different tableaus, both underscored the evening’s “conversation” theme and captured the attention of guests and fellow designers alike. Thanks to the generosity of DREAMS Magazine, each designer will be awarded a full-page color ad in the luxury publication.

The dual awards were presented by the magazine’s Ty Fischer and Natalie Friberg following a spirited auction and prize drawing hosted by Artistic Director Anthony Guthmiller, with remarks by Leadership Pasadena’s Board Chair, Joshua Driskell and Executive Director Cynthia Bengtson. Both applauded the designers for their creativity and thanked the team at NOOR, generous sponsors, and dedicated volunteers who made the event possible. All proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the organization's community and Veterans training programs.

Event guests included Pasadena Vice Mayor John Kennedy, Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Leadership Pasadena board members and former students, event sponsors, and prominent business leaders and their guests.

Leadership Pasadena's fundraising efforts continue through August 1 with an online auction featuring a variety of unique items and experiences:

Photo credits:

Hosie Thomas; Jenny Chen, Joy Hillman


Featured Image:

Carlos Villegas, Sergio Hernandez, and Mikala Rahn, artWORKS; Dana Banta and Catie Roheim, The Monogrammed Home


Photo 1: Suzi Sheedy, Dana Naples, Anthony Guthmiller, Juliana Serano, Rita Gooch

Photo 2: Jim Kenney, April Bosum, Zac Cervantes, Griselda de Mel, Amber Anderson, Ricky Biel

Photo 3: LP committee member Cheri Washington and Fire Chief/LP alum Bertral Washington

Photo 4: Pasadena Vice Mayor John Kennedy and Fire Chief Bertral Washington

Photo 5: Glenn Crawford and President Eszylfie Taylor, Taylor Insurance and Financial Services

Photo 6: Ray and Barbara Bushnell, LP alum

Photo 7: LP alum Phlunte' Riddle and Aaron Wheeler

Photo 8: Jeanne Ward and Rae Magnuson, Women's City Club of Pasadena

Photo 9: Jennifer Scibetta, Community Dir. and Charlotte Miles, Pres., Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.

Photo 10: Josh Driskell, LP Board Chair, Mary Spellman, LP alum, and Cheri Washington

Photo 11: Helene Williamson, Lynne Graves, Mary Spellman, Anthony Guthmiller, Cindy Bengtson, Lee Houck, and Cheri Washington, LP event committee

Photo 12/13: Winning tablescape, artWORKS

Photo 14/15: Winning tablescape, The Monogrammed Home


Cynthia Bengtson

About Leadership Pasadena

Established in 1999, Leadership Pasadena is a powerful, hands-on, community leadership program that immerses participants in Pasadena’s rich history, government, economics, and world-renowned institutions and also provides executive-level leadership training. This is an energized, dynamic program for those who want to play an active, collaborative role in Pasadena’s future. It challenges and engages emerging and existing leaders—who come from a diverse array of professions, communities, ages and passions—to gather around the table to openly discuss critical issues facing our community, with dignity and respect for all opinions.