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Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 125th Anniversary at Inaugural Gala

Event Celebrates Inauguration of CL Keedy as Chair of the Board, Honors Outgoing Chair Patty Waggoner

Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Chamber of Commerce members, community leaders and guests will celebrate at the annual Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Pasadena. This year, the Chamber celebrates the installation of CL Keedy of UBS Financial as Chair of the Board of Directors. The Chamber also installs new officers and Board members for the coming year.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, which began as the Board of Trade on March 9, 1888. "In addition to installing officers and new Board members, we will be celebrating 125 years of service to our community by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce," said CEO Paul Little. "We will also be honoring our Corporate Citizens of the Year in the large and small business categories and giving out scholarships to high school and community college graduates who are attending four-year colleges in the fall."

Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo are the Gold Sponsor of this year's Inaugural Gala. Huntington Memorial Hospital, Park Place Commercial, LP, and Parsons Corporation are generously supporting the Gala as silver sponsors.

CL Keedy III is a Portfolio Manager/Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. Mr. Keedy holds an M.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Keedy is Past President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a member of the Navy League, and is on the Board of the USS Pasadena Foundation and the Advisory Board for Women at Work. He and his wife Adrienne are the parents of two children, Amanda and CL IV. Mr. Keedy joined the Board of the Pasadena Chamber in 2008 and has chaired the Economic and Business Development Committee for the past three years.

New Board members will also be sworn in during the ceremony. Joining the Board are Michael Gallego of Cheveux Salon, Juan Gutierrez of Pasadena City College, Lauren Marlis of Mayfield Junior School and Justin Tsui of TeamLogic IT.

Again this year, the Pasadena Chamber will recognize two businesses for exceptional contributions to the local economy and community. These Corporate Citizens of the Year will be announced at the event. A small business and a large business will be recognized for their contribution to the local community, impact on our economy and business practices. The evening's program will include recognition of outgoing Chair Patty Waggoner and the installation of CL Keedy as chair of the board for fiscal year 2013-14.

The Gas Company will be awarding scholarships to deserving local high school graduates. The Chamber will also be awarding a scholarship to an emancipated foster youth who is graduating from Pasadena City College and continuing on to a four-year college or university.

Each year, Pasadena Chamber members contribute thousands of dollars worth of valuable and unique services, products and treats for the silent auction. This year items include travel to Scotland to attend the Ryder Cup golf match, a trip to the Galapagos Islands, a five night stay at The Washington Court luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. courtesy of Amalgamated Bank and IUOE Local 12, a chance to play a round of golf and have lunch at Pasadena's Annandale Country Club courtesy of Eagle Associates, premium VIP ticket packages to upcoming events at the Rose Bowl, courtesy of the Rose Bowl Operating Company. Jewelry, L.A. Dodger tickets, a weekend stay at the Sheraton Pasadena and golf and breakfast or lunch at Oakmont Country Club. Other items include dinners at local restaurants, opportunities to explore local attractions and VIP treatment at many of our local "wonders".

There are still seats available. Corporate tables of ten cost $1750. Individual tickets to the Inaugural Gala cost $175. A seat at the Inaugural Gala includes the hosted cocktail reception and the dinner and program. Complimentary valet parking is also included. Anyone wanting information can call the Chamber at (626) 795-3355 or visit the website at www.pasadena-chamber.org to purchase tickets online.

[The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber's primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves more than 1450 members.]



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