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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!
Chamber networking Luncheon Alliance is Wednesday, December 5th at 11:45 sponsored by HartmanBaldwin design/build
Karla Rodriguezand HartmanBaldwin design/build sponsors out networking Luncheon Alliance on Wednesday, December 5th at 11:45am. Ms. Rodriguez will discuss how a full-service design-build company can enhance any project you may have - and save you money.
Come network your business, meet and mingle with other Chamber members and friends and enjoy learning about how fellow business people can provide advice and assistance as part of the B4B monthly meeting. The Chamber lunch is a great way to maximize your presence with potential collaborators, customers and clients.
Cost for the lunch is $25 for Pasadena Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Those reserving after the Monday at 5pm deadline pay $5 more. We meet in the Mediterranean Room at Brookside at 1133 N. Rosemont Avenue (near the Rose Bowl) in Pasadena.
Please be aware, we are seeking venues to host the lunch and that costs will go up to $30 for members and $35 for non-members starting January 1, 2019. Quarterly cost for members will be $75 and sponsorships will go up to $250 per event.
End of business Monday is last chance to get seats for President's Breakfast Honoring Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny on Thursday, December 6th
The Chamber's President’s Breakfast on December 6th Honors Gerald Freeny and Tournament of Roses. There will be no more RSVPs accepted after close of business Monday, December 3rd.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will honor 2019 Tournament of Roses Association President Gerald Freeny at the annual President’s Breakfast at the Hilton Pasadena on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a festive celebratory program. Chamber members and friends will hear Mr. Freeny discuss The Melody of Life, the theme for the 2018 Tournament. Honored special guests include the Royal Court, as well as past Tournament presidents, local community and civic leaders.
Gerald Freeny is the first African-American to serve as President of the Tournament of Roses.
Mr. Freeny has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since
1988. His community involvement has included: president of the San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Pasadena Police Department Foundation Board, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Board, University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board and the Pasadena NAACP. Mr. Freeny is on Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and is a member of Historic First Lutheran Church.
Mr. Freeny attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from California State University, Los Angeles.
Tickets to the President’s Breakfast are $75 each. Corporate tables of ten are $750.
Our Pasadena Chamber Ambassadors with the Royal Court, 2018
Sponsorships are $1500. Those sponsoring the event receive a table with recognition, acknowledgement in all publicity materials and will enjoy breakfast with a member of the Royal Court as their guest. Self parking is included in the cost of breakfast and sponsorship.
Queen and Court Sponsors (so far) are Athens Services, Hollywood Burbank Airport, the Pasadena Star-News, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Wells Fargo.
Anyone who would like an invitation, can call the Chamber office for information or to purchase tickets at (626) 795-3355, email email@example.com or CLICK HERE to RSVP and pay online.
Join us for the Grand Opening of Grocery Outlet on Lake Avenue in Altadena December 13th
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, the nation’s fastest-growing, extreme-value grocery retailer, opens its newest location today at 2270 Lake Ave. in Altadena, CA creating 29 new jobs in the community.
The grand opening celebration includes a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony to “Unlock the Savings” along with a donation to the Altadena Town Council Education Committee presented by independent owner-operators Mario and Michell Guajardo. In true Grocery Outlet fashion, the amount that shoppers save on their grocery purchases during the new store’s first hour of operation determines the total donation amount.
Grocery Outlet stores are independently operated by local families who are committed to supporting their communities. “We are thrilled
to open a Grocery Outlet here in Altadena and bring the community a simple way to save money on their groceries,” said Mario and Michell. “This partnership with Grocery Outlet allows us to be true entrepreneurs, create new jobs and have a positive impact on the neighborhood.”
Grocery Outlet offers the same trusted brands as traditional grocery stores, but at prices 40 to 70 percent less. Its buyers scour the country to find the top manufacturers with excess inventory, and seasonal closeouts so Grocery Outlet can offer “WOW savings” of 50 percent or more on thousands of name-brand products.
Mario and Michell invite the community to celebrate with a special day of savings, family-friendly fun and giveaways, starting at 8:55 a.m.:
8:55 a.m. – “Unlock the Savings” Ribbon-cutting Grand Opening Ceremony
9:15 a.m. – Doors Open (First 200 customers in line receive Grocery Outlet Bargain Bucks in mystery amounts ranging from $5 to $200. Must be 18 years of age or older.)
11 a.m. – “Donate What You Saved” Donation Presentation to Altadena Town Council Education Committee
All shoppers will receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last.
Between December 13, 2018 –January 10, 2019, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of Free Groceries for 1 Year! ($100 per month for one year, a $1,200 value). The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the day on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Altadena Grocery Outlet. (Must be 18 years of age or older. One entry per person, per day. No purchase necessary. Winner need not be present to win but must claim the prize within three days of notification or another winner will be chosen. No cash value and no substitutions.)
2270 Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
Grand Opening Store Hours:
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
About Grocery Outlet
Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet offers big savings on brand name products, with customers able to save 40% to 70% compared to conventional retailers. The fastest growing, extreme-value grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has more than 300 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries a full range of products. From fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy to a wide assortment of natural and organic choices. They also offer a large selection of beer and wine, health and beauty care, as well as seasonal items. A third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet’s mission has always been to provide customers an exciting place to find WOW savings on name brands they trust. Grocery Outlet stores are run by an independent owner-operator in the local community.