Friends in Deed

43rd Annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

  • Pasadena Convention Center: 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101
  • 7:30AM-9:30AM

  • May 5, 2016

“Community Service: Soul of the City” – presented by Friends in Deed


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Please join Friends In Deed, Mayor Tornek and our Pasadena community in fellowship and the spirit of service.



Mayor Tornek is coming up on his one year anniversary as Mayor of Pasadena

Terry Tornek 01 8x10During his first year, some of the issues that were a focus or a highlight included:

* Upgrade Citizen Awareness and Oversight of City Finances
* Focus on City Budget and Finances with in depth examination of City Departments
* Implementation of the recommendations from the Citizen Task Force on the Embezzlement Task Force
* Minimum Wage Ordinance adopted by the City Council on March 14, 2016; and
* Collaborate PASadena: Representing school/city/community working together for kids and families in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre


Keynote speaker: Rabbi Marvin Gross, CEO, Union Station Homeless Services
Marv GrossMayor Tornek and Friends in Deed are honored to have Rabbi Marvin Gross as the keynote speaker for the 43rd Annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast May 5th at the Pasadena Convention Center.


Rabbi Marvin Gross is the CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. He was educated at Amherst College (B.A.) and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion from which he received rabbinic ordination. For ten years, Marv was a pulpit rabbi in San Francisco and Glendale. He served eight years as an executive at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. In the late 1960s, he tended a dairy herd on an Israeli kibbutz. In 1970, he served on the campaign staff of Father Robert F. Drinan, S.J.’s successful bid for U.S. Congress. In 1995, he was selected as the Executive Director of Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. Under his leadership, USHS has grown to become the largest provider of shelter, housing and comprehensive supportive services for homeless individuals and families in the San Gabriel Valley, operating six major programs at five locations. Rabbi Gross will retire later this year from Union Station Homelessness after 21 years of service


Emcee: Manny Medrano, reporter/anchor for KTLA news, will be the event host
Manny Medrano

As a reporter/anchor with KTLA News and KNBC News, and a Supreme Court/Legal Affairs correspondent for ABC News, Manny Medrano has covered some of the most important national news stories of the past two decades.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Manny is a professional speaker who has spoken to corporations, business entities, law firms, universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies across the country.  He engages and captivates audiences with compelling presentations on leadership, team building, workplace diversity, motivating individual performance and overcoming adversity.  Fluent in Spanish, Manny is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations, and was named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Influentials List 2005”.



Level 1 ($1,500)
Pasadena Star News
Tournament of Roses
City of Pasadena


Level 2 ($1,000)
Maranatha High School
Palermo Barbaro Chinen & Pitzer, LLC
Lin & Alan Vlacich
City of Pasadena Water & Power
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Pacific Oak College & Children’s School
All Saints Church
Ken’s Table
Century Housing


Level 3 ($500)
Babak Nassirpour (Parc Architecture)
San Marino Community Church
Wescom Credit Union
Richard Cheung