Annual Community Prayer Breakfast a Memorable Event

The keynote speaker of the prayer breakfast was ABC7 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Dallas Raines, center, with Gregory Cook (left), board member and Prayer Breakfast Committee Chair, and YMCA CEO Vince Iuculano, right.

Roughly 150 attendees were greeted Saturday morning, Oct. 30, with decorative fall arrangements, live music, delicious catering and faith-shared stories by keynote speaker ABC7 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Dallas Raines.

This year, the YMCA of the Foothills hosted its annual community prayer breakfast outdoors for the first time ever at the upper parking lot of Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. The fundraising event raised over $62,000 and benefits the Chaplain Services Program that focuses on providing spiritual wellbeing for all Y members. The overwhelming success of prayer breakfast is attributed to the generous sponsors at Citizens Business Bank as well as Scott and Karen Young.

“What an impactful event to end the year,” said Joanne Pingry, Mission Advancement specialist at YMCA of the Foothills. “We’re so grateful to our community partners who contributed so much and graced us with their presence on such a beautiful morning. There were endless comments on the beauty of the outdoor location and the perfect sunrise that set the scene. We look forward to what next year will bring.”

Pingry coordinated the prayer breakfast alongside a committee of volunteers. The YMCA of the Foothills leadership team assisted with the finishing touches. From start to finish, it was a collaborative event for the Y.

Through events like these, the community shows its support for the mission of the YMCA of the Foothills: to organize, develop, finance and conduct programs for an association of persons of all ages that will, by putting Christian principles into practice, enrich the quality of their lives spiritually, mentally, physically and socially.

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Submitted by YMCA of the Foothills