A Green that keeps giving

first_imgPASADENA – In 1970, a group of well-to-do Pasadena ladies parlayed a genteel interest in flower-arranging, antiques and the decorative arts into The Green House, a store whose profits have since benefited Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles to the tune of almost $1 million. Prime among the ladies group was Marjorie Keller Cannell, whose family owned the renowned Cannell and Chaffin furniture store on Wilshire Boulevard, and who always kept the enterprise she founded close to her heart, according to her daughter, Clare Cannell Whitlatch. When Marge Cannell died in 2005 at age 95, she remembered The Green House in her will. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’On Monday, Whitlatch presented the volunteer group with $20,000 in her mother’s memory at the store in Arcade Lane on Green Street. “It’s a little bittersweet, but it brings a nice closure to my mother’s death,” said Whitlatch, who travelled from Visalia for the event. “She wanted that money to go to The Green House, and made sure it happened.” Janice Baker, a former president and 13-year volunteer at The Green House, said Cannell always maintained her interest in the shop “right up to the end,” sending in the Christmas decorations she made every year. “People would come in specially for them – they were a signature item,” Baker said. The group Cannell started hit a few roadblocks along the way. The original shop, its namesake green frame house on East Green Street, was demolished and the shop moved to Haskett Court on California Boulevard in 1980. Increasing costs of doing business forced the shop to close in 1986, but a core group of members came together in 1986 and reopened in the present location. Most of the $20,000 donation will go to The Green House Endowment for Surgical Research at Childrens Hospital, Baker said. But just a little will go to some improvements in the shop. “We’d like new lighting – and a toilet that flushes water every time,” she joked. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more