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Community Reception for Tournament President Gerald Freeny

Approximately 350 attendees from Pasadena and Los Angeles County will celebrate the first African-American president in the 123-year history of the Tournament of Roses. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Community Women Vital Voices in association with E-Central Credit Union (990 S. Fair Oaks Ave.) will host a Community Reception for 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny on Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Freeny said, “I am humbled and honored to serve the Tournament of Roses and the community which I love dearly. My 30 years of service, I hope, will be measured by my love for my community – volunteerism is a life-changing experience and is worth more than Gold. This year’s theme, the ‘Melody of Music,’ transcends any barriers and connects us all together, and that connection creates our community.”

If you would like to attend you must RSVP by calling Chris Morey at (626) 765-6206.

This event is hosted by Community Women Vital Voices in association with Michael Theodore, president/CEO, and Mark Garmus, board chairman of E-Central. “E-Central is delighted to partner with Community Women Vital Voices in honoring Mr. Freeney’s many years of service and volunteerism. As a local not-for-profit organization since 1943, the Credit Union shares his passion for people helping people and supporting the community. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to participate in this historic event,” said Theodore.

Chaired by Ron Carter and Lena L. Kennedy, the historic Community Reception will bring together over 350 attendees from Pasadena and Los Angeles County to celebrate the first African-American president in the 123-year history of the Tournament of Roses. Special presentations will be made by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and Congressmembers Judy Chu and Maxine Waters. Widespread media coverage is anticipated for this historic event.

Community-minded corporate co-hosts will include E-Central Credit Union, AT&T, City of Hope, Occidental College, and Boy Scouts of America. Community Partners include numerous elected officials, members of the clergy, fraternal organizations and civic minded groups. Many active and engaged community members are making this event possible. Change is in the air, and Pasadena is ready for it.

September 6, 2018

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