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Sierra Madre Honors Derek Podrebarac as Fourth of July Grand Marshal

Derek Podrebarac exemplifies the spirit of Sierra Madre through his numerous contributions to the community. – Courtesy photo

Parade entries to be led by Derek Podrebarac open now

The volunteers of the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee are pleased and excited to announce that the 2017 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal will be Sierra Madre’s very own Derek Podrebarac. “The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time have been beneficial to the community of Sierra Madre. The title of Grand Marshal is intended to honor a person or persons’ volume of work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.” Derek is an inspiring leader and volunteer and has demonstrated time and time again he is the spirit of Sierra Madre, giving every time he can.

Derek Podrebarac who has spent the last 17 years calling Sierra Madre home with his family grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, born in Pasadena, growing up in La Crescenta, living in South Pasadena and Monrovia and then Sierra Madre. Derek exemplifies what it means to be a true Sierra Madrean through his passion for giving back to his community. In addition to his position as a Real Estate Agent for Podley Properties, the impacts of Derek’s volunteer efforts are felt throughout numerous organizations. He is a frequent volunteer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, regularly giving blood to save the lives of those who rely upon his rare blood type. A tireless advocate for others in need, Derek volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, having previously used his vacation time to help rebuild homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and more recently, Habitat for Humanity projects in Mississippi. He has generously donated his time to homeless shelters in Pasadena and is an active leader in his local church. Derek’s passion for baseball has led him to become a devoted leader with the Sierra Madre Little League, having coached and managed baseball teams in the league for the past seven years, often contributing his talents and energy to multiple teams and age groups simultaneously. He has given selflessly of his time to improve youth sports in our community for children of all ages and abilities. In fact, he organized and now heads up the Challenger Division for SMLL, a Little League division designed for special needs children. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the league.

Derek also serves as a mentor to even more youth athletes through his coaching efforts at Maranatha High School and other high school baseball programs throughout our region. His motivation for serving his community stems from the pleasure he takes in meeting and getting to know new people and their interests. In addition to being a dedicated husband, father and friend to many, Derek is a kind, generous, and whole-heartedly devoted contributor to our town, and a shining example of the sort of person who makes Sierra Madre such a magical place to live.

If you want to be led in the parade by Derek Podrebarac, then parade registration is open now through June 1. Enter this hometown event as an organization, business or individual group, which will feature community members, organizations, classic cars, a marching band, kids on their decorated bikes and so much more. Join us for the 2017 parade on July 4, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The parade route will begin at the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Sunnyside Avenue and will travel the length of Sierra Madre Blvd. to Sierra Vista Park.

Parade participation is open to all including young, young-at-heart, and everything in between. There is no fee to participate in the parade thanks to official sponsor of the 2017 Parade, The Kensington. The Kensington in Sierra Madre is an assisted living and memory care residence in the heart of Sierra Madre. The committee and community join us in thanking them for their partnership this year as we work together to bring the community an outstanding All-American celebration.

All applications for parade registration must be submitted by Thursday, June 1. Due to staging concerns, no late entries will be accepted. Please make sure to fill out all fields and hit the submit button!

For questions regarding parade registration, please contact the Fourth of July Committee at 4thofjulysierramadre@gmail.com or the Community Services Department at (626) 355-5278.

Remember that registration ends June 1. To register or for more information on the festivities, visit our website at https://sierramadre4thofjuly.wordpress.com/

May 15, 2017

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