We're happy to renew our commitment to our community, today, on this National Day of Prayer, with our continued involvement with Friends in Deed, Pasadena. Once again, as proud sponsors and contributors to the 45th Annual Pasadena Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Friends in Deed, Pasadena, at the Pasadena Convention Center, we'd like to dedicate today to creating peace around the world. Of course, it's always nice to meet new people, but it's always nice to see some familiar faces as well.
Friends in Deed impressed us years ago right away. We first sat down with their leadership, and we were most impressed by the fiscal responsibility they demonstrated. Compared to many other charities, they give a lot to our community with every donation. We loved their intended plans at the time (and we still love what they have in store for their future), and immediately committed to becoming sponsors in their efforts. We're certainly glad we did, because it means we get to participate in this year's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast... an activity which is fast becoming a much appreciated tradition.
This year’s Keynote speaker was Niki Elliott, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Neurodiversity, Learning and Wellness, University of La Verne. She spoke about “Mending the Hearts and Minds of Our Youth," which was revelatory. Dr. Elliot was amazing, and impressive, and we're grateful to her for having learned a new phrase, "Down for other peopel's children," a call to action which we are completely up for. #Down4OPC
The event drew together speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and religious leaders from many faiths: Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist leaders participated.
We were so moved by the cause, and the success of the event, we wanted to let our loyal customers know just a bit more about Friends in Deed, their goals, and how you can participate as well.
Now that we’ve followed through with our sponsorship, and philanthropic promises, and we’ve come to know Friends in Deed even more, what really stands out to us is the way Friends in Deed seeks to bring everyone together, as one, to create peace in the world. They do this by helping to fight hunger and homelessness, and that starts within our own local community.
Their mission is, "to alleviate the effects of poverty, to encourage self-sufficiency through the collective efforts of congregations, individuals and community organizations and to promote mutual support, understanding and collaboration within the faith community."
If you’d like to join us in our commitment to our community, and join many generous people from many different faiths, and religious backgrounds, we’d love to direct your attention to Friends in Deed. In particular, volunteers are needed for the Women’s Room, so if that sound like something you’d like to do, please let them know.
Thank you for joining us in prayer, in faith, and in dedication to service to our community. Thank you for joining us in creating peace in the world on this National Day of Prayer.
Breathe in power, and breathe out kindness. And always remember, we are all as one... all religions, all faiths, and all people matter.
May peace prevail on Earth. May peace prevail in Pasadena.