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Pasadena Chamber Holiday Party - Join the Fun! Bring an Unwrapped Toy for Complimentary Admission at Romanesque Room December 11th at 5pm
Pasadena Chamber Holiday Party is Tuesday, December 11th.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts our annual Holiday Party for members and friends at The Romanesque Room at 50 East Green Street in Pasadena on Tuesday, December 11th from 5pm to 8pm. 90 minutes of FREE parking is available across the street.
Food is donated by Chamber member restaurants and caterers, including Castle Catering, Dunkin', Green Street Restaurant, May Catering, Stonefire Grill and more. Dance Syndicate provides music.
This year the Chamber is supporting Operation Santa Claus, the Pasadena Jaycees’ program that delivers toys to needy children on Christmas Eve.
Chamber members who donate toys at the Holiday Party receive free admission. Toy-bearing non-members and Pasadena Chamber members without a toy pay $10. Non-members without a toy to donate pay $20 admission.
You can donate to the Chamber Toy Drive by bringing an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Party or leave it at the Chamber offices.
200 honor Gerald Freeny at Pasadena Chamber President's Breakfast
Two hundred people joined the Pasadena Chamber Board, community and civic leaders to honor Gerald Freeny, the first African-American president of the Tournament of Roses at the annual President's Breakfast on Thursday morning, December 6th at the Hilton Pasadena.
The event began with the seating of the Royal Court. Rose Princesses Lauren Baydaline, Ashley Hackett, Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Sherry Ma, Micaela McElrath and Rose Queen Louise Siskel were escorted to their seats amid applause from atendees. Escorting the Royal Court were Chamber Board members Michael Gallego and John Leano, former Chamber Board presidents Dennis Buckley and George Falardeau and Chamber Ambassadors John Barrett, Tim Carruth and Scott May. The Blair High School Junior ROTC posted colors for the Pledge of Allegiance. Chamber Member and former Tournament president Richard Chinen provided an inspirational invocation before breakfast was served.
Breakfast included a fruit and yogurt parfait, passed pastries and an entree of poached egg on grit cakes with hollandaise sauce and artisanal chicken saugsage.
Interim Chair of the Chamber Board Justin Tsui of TeamLogic IT introduced Gerald Freeny, president of the Tournament
of Roses for 2019. Mr. Freeny is the first African-American to serve as president of the Tournament. He began Tournament service as a volunteer in 1988. He is a retired law enforcement professional. Mr. Freeny is also a cancer and organ transplant survivor whose community involvement has included serving as San Gabriel Valley chapter president of NOBLE (the National Organization of Black law Enforcement Professionals, service on the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, YMCA Board, Black Suport Group for Cal State Los Angeles and involvement with Toastmasters, the Pasadena NAACP, the Urban League Board of Governors and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and its Rose Bowl Museum Committee. Mr. Freeny grew up in teh area and attended Pasadean Christian School and John Muir HIgh School as well as CalState LA.
In his presentation, Mr. Freeny paid tribute to those previous tournament leaders who helped the organization diversify and who paved they way for his presidency. He also explained how he and his family chose the theme for the 2019 Tournament of Roses, The Melody of Life, and the importance of music in his life and how important music, especially Jazz was to his battle with and recovery from cancer and surgery. He discussed the choice iof Chaka Khan as Grand Marshall for the 2019 Rose Parade and some exciting additions to this year's festivities. Mr. Freeny made special note of the importance of his wife, Trina in his life and how important her support was to his career, Tournament and community volunteerism and recovery from illness and surgery. He also discussed the freindships and support he has found among Tournament volunteers and invited everyone to enjoy The Melody of Life this New Year's Day.
Guests at the President's Breakfast included Mr. Freeny's wife Trina, Pasadena City Council Member Steve Madison, Fire
Chief Bertral Washington, Interim Police Chief John Perez, Christian Daly, Field Representative for LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Dominick Corey, Field representative for State Senator Anthony Portantino. Mike Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company and Darryl Dunn, General Manager of the Rose Bowl also attended. Hollywood Burbank Airport CEO Frank Miller brought Glendale City Manager Yasmin Beers and Burbank City Manager Ron Davis. Community members in attendance included Lena Kennedy and Jim Morris as well as Danny Bakewell, Jr. Kristina Smith, the first black Rose Queen, attended, as did Rita Pardue of Pasadena who is Ms. Senior California.
Tournament of Roses Past Presidents Don Fedde, Corky Conzonaire, Richard Chinen, Sally Bixby and Mike Matthiessen were on hand along with future Tournament Presidents Laura Farber, Bob Miller, Ed Morales and Amy Wainscott, along with Tournament CEO David Eads.
Members of the Chamber Board of Directors attending, along with Mr. Tsui, Mr. Gallego of Cheveux Hair and Makeup and Mr. Leano of Bryan's Cleaners and Laundry, were former Board Chair Robin McCarthy of Ste. Marie Specialists, Jesse Dillon of the Pasadena Independent and Beacon Media News, Nerissa Sugars of Hollywood Burbank Airport, Jeff Christoffel of Honda of Pasadena, Valerie Prince of First Choice Bank, Don Schweitzer of the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, Darryl Dunn and Bob Miller.
Business leaders attending included Michael Shanklin executive director of Kidspace Children's Museum, Kelly White
executive director of Villa Esperanza, Dianne Philobosian chair of the Pasadena Center Operating Company board, Ross Selvidge, board member of the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport Authority, Abel Ramirez, owner of El Portal Restaurant, Paul LeClerc, general manager of the Langham Huntington Hotel, Bill Ukropina of Colliers International, Blair Salisbury of El Cholo and Dr. Steve Sherman head of school at Maranatha High School.
Following his presentation, Mr. Freeny was presented with an engraved glass award from the Chamber in recognition of his service to the community and the Tournament of Roses. A brass version is presented to the Tournament for diplay at Tournament House. Steve Madison presented Mr. Freeny with a recognition from the City of Pasadena commemorating his service as the first African-American president of the Tournament. Christian Daly and Donimick Corey presented commendations on behalf of Supervisor Barger and Senator Portantino along with recognitions from Congresswoman Judy Chu and State Assembly Member Chris Holden.
The Chamber is very grateful to our Queen and Court Sponsors for the President's Breakfast: Athens Services, AT&T, Hollywood Burbank Airport, the Pasadena Star-News/Southern California News Group, Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Wells Fargo. Corporate Table sponsors were: the CalState LA Foundation, PMRG, Republic Services, The Pasadena Independent/Beacon Media News and the Pasadena Center Operating Company.
Many thanks to the Hilton Pasadena for the excellent food, beautiful room and terrific service. Thanks also to Lyd and Mo Photography for taking photos of the President's Breakfast.
Networking Connection Breakfast November 13th sponsored by Forest Lawn
Our Thursday, December 13, 2018, Connection Breakfast is sponsored by Forest Lawn. Join us as Grace Chong-Ng and Gabriel Rosemond discuss the cultural and art programs at Forest Lawn, as well as their services. Breakfast begins at 7am at the Women's City Club in Pasadena.
The Women's City Club is at 160 North Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. There is ample FREE parking behind the club. Enter the parking lot from North Madison Avenue, just next to the Fuller Seminary lot.
Come out to support Pasadena Chamber member Forest Lawn and learn how the UPS Store can handle all your shipping, packing and holiday gift delivery needs. To RSVP and register for the networking breakfast, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reserve before the end of business Monday deadline or pay an additional $5 per person.
The Connection Breakfast is a terrific way to make new business contacts, meet potential customers and collaborators and expand you leads. Come and check out the revised format!
For information or toget your tickets, email email@example.com or call the office at 626-795-3355.
There are a very limited number of seats available, so email or call now so you can be sure to get yours.
Visit China - you can for less than $2,200 per person (now that's a discount!) with the Pasadena Chamber in October, 2019 - see Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Informational meeting with Citslinc in january (date TBD)
The Pasadena Chamber is offering a unique opportunity to experience Chinese culture, history and business.
Through a partnership with Citslinc, International, the Chamber is offering a cost effective trip to China on October 10 to October 20, 2019. The trip includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou with opportunities to visit historic sites like the Great Wall of China and Tian An Men Square. There is also an opportunity to visit with a local Chinese business. The meeting is optional and requires filling out an inquiry form indicating what type of business or industry you are interested in learning more about.
Cost for the trip is $2199 for Pasadena Chamber members (and their families) and $2299 for prospective members. Single occupancy and airfare upgrades are an addtional cost. There are additional costs for visa application (or you can obtain that yourself at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles).
We’re excited to organize a Pasadena Chamber China Tour at such a great rate. This is an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the China. It’s extremely affordable and includes visits to major cities, various economic zones and major historical sites.
The trip includes airfare from Los Angeles, hotel accommodations at 4 & 5 star hotels, three full meals a day, professional drivers and tour operators. The cost is $2,199 for Chamber Members (and their families) and $2,299 for Potential Members.
Don't miss this great opportunity to see China at a discounted rate. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-795-3355.