Founded by Carl and Mary Ellen Dolphin in 1941 as a private ambulance service and medical equipment rental service, Dolphin Rents began its humble start in Pasadena, California. Dolphin Rents transported patients to and from local hospitals and nursing homes, and offered those in need of “sickroom supplies” rentals on a short or long term basis.
The company then contracted with Los Angeles County to provide for the emergent medical transportation needs of residents in unincorporated areas. Later, a contract with the City of Pasadena to back-up the local city ambulance service was signed, and the company had officially been accepted as a community based service.
Doctors and nursing homes became aware of the service and began ordering medical equipment along the lines of wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, etc. Physical therapists referred patients for orthopedic wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and rehabilitation equipment. Occupational therapists ordered bath safety equipment (grab bars, safety frames, toilet accessories, etc.), for patients who were anticipating their discharge from the hospital.
The company expanded to larger quarters twice over a twenty-year period, both times increasing inventories and territories. By the mid 60’s, the company was faced with some important decisions. The founders were retiring and their two sons were interested in taking over different parts of the business.
Joseph Dolphin, one brother, offered to run the ambulance service and train personnel to become paramedics. Once the paramedic program was introduced in Los Angeles County, the ambulance service took off. It quickly became the largest contract paramedic service in the country.
Patrick Dolphin took over the rental service and by the mid 70’s, introduced party and special event rentals. Aggressive marketing and Medicare billings grew the division to astronomical heights. As the event rentals business evolved in recent years, the company has emerged as a leader servicing California and Nevada with equipment for fairs, festivals, tournaments, ethnic celebrations, graduations and weddings.
Today, Dolphin Rents offers equipment rentals for any size special event. Everything from tables, chairs and umbrellas to dance floors, tents, canopies and concession machines. Non profit organizations, cities, colleges and universities, churches and schools have all become repeat customers who have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the company.
Typically, our most common event is a wedding reception, banquet or, a country club or hotel renting tables and chairs, china, flatware, etc. Even caterers dial us for food warmers, commercial ranges, serving trays and gas grills, and consult with our event coordinators to determine dance floor sizes, tent locations and the like. As licensed contractors, we can secure city permits for corporate and non-profit events.
And with our new computer system, we have a distinct advantage over the competition. CAD drawings allow us to show clients the look of their event before it happens. We can even duplicate an event location, insert the requested rental equipment into the equation, and look at it in 3-D to offer the client a remarkable likeness of their event. CAD even allows us to present a clear and concise quotation detailing all the necessary rental equipment.
Dolphin Rents has successfully served the Southern California community over 70 years. As our inventory grows and our service territory expands, our goals remain the same: to provide clients with quality rental equipment at reasonable rates, and to offer a level of service that makes our clients overwhelmingly happy.
With its historical architecture, lovely garden setting, and spacious rooms, the Woman’s Club offers an old world charm that is completely unique. Thanks to its roomy, open design and fully equipped kitchen, the club is extremely versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of events and celebrations. Everything from weddings and recitals to business meetings and club events have been held here, making the Woman’s Club one of the most popular and affordable rental options in the community.
Our beautiful historic building and courtyard are available for weddings, birthday and anniversary parties. There is a large ballroom, stage, sitting room and full kitchen. Banquet capacity is 175. We alsohave space for business meetings, fundraisers and many other events. Please contact Esther Sansone 626. 574 8395 or
To learn more about or tour the facility, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable Rental Managers, Esther Sansone or Cheryl Alberg. They can be reached at: (626) 574-8395.
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Amenities include, up to 200 people can be accomodated at the club. Large auditorium with hardwood floors and a raised stage. Tables and chairs are available. A private dressing room with restroom facilities. Two carpeted meeting rooms (one large and one small) for smaller, more intimate gatherings. A fully equipped kitchen which includes a large, two-door refrigerator, two prep-tables, an eight-burner stove with an oven, and a stand alone ice machine. Private garden area that is ideal for outdoor photography and entertainment in warm weather. Affordable rates
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