Opera League co-founder Alice Coulombe, widow of the late Joe Coulombe, founder of Trader Joe's, has graciously requested that donations on her family's behalf be made to the Opera League.

In Memoriam Joe "Trader Joe" Coulombe

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Joe Coulombe, founder of the Trader Joe's grocery store chain. 

Joe Coulombe was the husband of Opera League co-founder Alice Coulombe. In 1967 he opened the first Trader Joe's in Pasadena, CA. Over 500 Trader Joe's are now open across the U.S.

Long-time steadfast supporters of the arts, including and especially LA Opera, Alice and Joe remained Lifetime Premier members of the Opera League.

Read more about Joe Coulombe in the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.