Over 100 Meals Donated for GOALympics

February 27, 2023

Meals benefited Ronald McDonald House, Elizabeth House, Union Station Family Center, and Union Station Adult Center

Pictured: The Pasadena Convention Center Sodexo Live! team delivers meals to local nonprofit Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena as part of the 2023 GOALympics Challenge. Left to right: Sodexo Live! General Manager Doug Finney, Representative at Ronald McDonald House Pasadena, Executive Chef Mikery Hatfield, and Sodexo Live! Catering Sales Senior Director Lanese Cotton

Pasadena, California (February 27, 2023) – Pasadena Convention Center and their exclusive food and beverage producer, Sodexo Live!, prepared and delivered over 100 meals for local nonprofits Ronald McDonald House, Elizabeth House, Union Station Family Center, and Union Station Adult Center as part of the 2023 GOALympics Challenge. The annual competition challenges Sodexo! Live teams around the world to use earth-friendly practices, emphasizing the goals to reduce food waste and help feed hungry people.

“It’s an honor for the Pasadena Convention Center to support the global initiatives from Sodexo’s Office of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility,” said Doug Finney, Sodexo Live! General Manager at Pasadena Convention Center. “We are proud to lend our resources and deliver hot meals to support these local nonprofit organizations, who are all doing incredible work in creating homes and providing for those in need.”

Pictured: Sodexo Live! Kitchen Supervisor Evelyn Gonzalez and General Manager Doug Finney prepare meals for the 2023 GOALympics at the Pasadena Convention Center

This year, under the designated “Team Determination” category, Team Pasadena GOALympians participated in the cooking, plate-up and delivery of packaged meals to four locations for three different local nonprofit organizations on February 23, 2023. The efforts were led with new Executive Chef Mikery Hatfield, who oversees food and beverage at the convention center and civic auditorium.

In 2022, the Pasadena Convention Center and Sodexo Live! team received a Bronze Metal for participation, out of only five medals received within Sodexo Live! in North America. The team also participates in various charity activities each year, including cooking meals for the Union Station Homeless Services’ Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park, the annual Big Soup Servathon event from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, and more.


About Pasadena Convention Center

The Pasadena Convention Center is the premier meetings, entertainment, and events venue in the heart of Pasadena. The 130,000 sq. ft. venue accommodates meetings of all sizes with spacious exhibit halls, an expansive ballroom and over a dozen breakout rooms. The Pasadena Convention Center is proud to be a LEED Gold certified facility and is professionally managed by the Pasadena Center Operating Company. In recent years, the Pasadena Convention Center has averaged over 300 events and attracted over 350,000 attendees. For more information, visit www.pasadenacenter.com.

About Sodexo Live!

Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, we are strategic and responsible partners, committed to unlocking our customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, the Hard Rock Stadium, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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