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President’s Breakfast Celebrates 2019 Tournament of Roses and Tournament President, Gerald Freeny

By Terry Miller

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce honored 2019 Tournament of Roses Association President Gerald Freeny at the annual President’s Breakfast at the Hilton Pasadena on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Hundreds of guests braved the early morning heavy rains to hear Freeny’s touching and heartfelt keynote speech which focused on the importance of music in his life, especially in cancer recovery and multiple surgeries, as well as the unwavering support of his wife, Trina.

Chamber members and friends heard Freeny discuss “The Melody of Life,” the theme for the 2018 Tournament. Honored special guests included the Royal Court, as well as past Tournament presidents and local community and civic leaders.

Freeny is the first African-American to serve as President of the Tournament of Roses.

Freeny also gave us a couple of sneak peeks into what the Parade will consist of this year, which will include an appearance by KC and the Sunshine Band on one of the floats.

Freeny has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1988. In addition to his years of service to the Tournament, Freeny’s 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. Freeny is on the Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and is a member of Historic First Lutheran Church.

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.

December 6, 2018

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.


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