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Community bids adieu to YMCA of Foothills’ Wright at 29th annual prayer breakfast

Peggy Grande reads a passage from her book “The President Will See You Now,” as keynote speaker at the YMCA of the Foothills annual Community Prayer Breakfast, in La Cañada Flintridge on Nov. 7.
(Raul Roa | La Cañada Valley Sun)

Local spiritual leaders gathered at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA last Thursday for a community prayer breakfast featuring Peggy Grande, a La Cañada Flintridge resident whose 2017 memoir “The President Will See You Now” highlighted her time working for President Ronald Reagan.

Hundreds came to the 29th annual event on Nov. 7 to celebrate the power of prayer and support YMCA of the Foothills’ Chaplain Services program, which provides nondenominational pastoral counseling and grief support to area residents in need.

Grande read excerpts from her book, which details her ascension from patriotic Pepperdine University senior working as a sales clerk at Nordstrom to executive assistant of the former president from 1989 to 1999.

Local pastors pray for outgoing CEO Tyler Wright, center, at the YMCA of the Foothills annual Community Prayer Breakfast, in La Cañada Flintridge on Thursday, Nov., 7, 2019.
(Raul Roa | La Cañada Valley Sun)

Attendees also bid a fond farewell to Tyler Wright, who was set to leave the local nonprofit the following day after 10 years at the helm of YMCA of the Foothills as its chief executive. Local pastors collectively prayed over him, wishing him well in the next leg of his journey.

In an email to the Valley Sun Friday, the typically boisterous Wright kept his parting remarks brief.

“I really don’t have any comments, only to thank everyone for a wonderful 10 years,” he wrote. “It has been my true honor to have served as CEO.”

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