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Service Clubs

April 24, 2002

Joyce Rudolph

Stephanie Edwards, longtime TV host for the Pasadena Tournament of

Roses Parade, is the guest speaker at the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast from 7

to 8:45 a.m. May 2 at the Pickwick Center.

This event, in its 29th year, is co-sponsored by six service clubs --

Master's Men, Noon and Sunrise Rotary clubs, Noon and Sunrise Kiwanis

clubs and the Magnolia Park Optimists.

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The prayer breakfast is a local version of the annual Presidential

Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. That event was started in 1952 by

spiritual leaders of the United States Senate and House of

Representatives as a time for rededication to God as individuals and a

nation.

The tradition has spread to state and city groups across the country.

In 1968, Edwards left her Minnesota dairy-farm home and her alma

maters, St. Olaf and the University of Minnesota, to move to Los Angeles.

In the years since, she has had a varied career that includes 15

appearances on the "Tonight Show," has had co-starring roles in three TV

series and two films, numerous TV guest appearances, six years of summer

stock and even a season on the road as piano accompanist.

KABC-TV Channel 7 hired her as co-host with Ralph Story, for his show

"Ralph Story's A.M.," the prototype on which ABC modeled "Good Morning,

America." Four years later, Edwards moved to New York to co-host the

early network show called "A.M. America."

Over the years, she has worked continuously on either public or

commercial TV including hosting for "Leave It To The Women," "Everyday"

and "Medix." She is in her 22nd year as co-host with Bob Eubanks on

KTLA-TV Channel 5's broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Tickets for the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast are $15 if purchased in

advance or $16 at the door. For more information, call Glenn Taylor at

845-4781. Tickets are also available at the Burbank Chamber of Commerce,

200 W. Magnolia Blvd., 846-3111.

Optimists support other group's activities

Burbank Noon Optimists will lend volunteer support for upcoming

projects sponsored by fellow organizations.

First is the Optimist Braille Olympics on May 4 at the Braille Youth

Facility, 3540 W. Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles.

The Parade of Athletes starts at 9 a.m., and the day concludes with an

awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

The local Noon Optimists are also planning to support the Optimist

Clubs of Pacific Southwest District El Monte Airport EXPO and Classic Car

Show 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 and 30.

For more information, call Bob Ventura at 506-8714. The Noon Optimists

meet at 11:45 a.m. each Thursday at the Anabelle Hotel, 2011 W. Olive

Ave. Lunch is at noon, with speaker following at 12:45 p.m.

Features editor JOYCE RUDOLPH is covering the service clubs beat until

a replacement columnist is found. Send news releases to her by fax at

241-1975 or by e-mail joyce.rudolph@latimes.com.

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