Over 360 Turnout For 33rd Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill present Cathy Taylor Community Leadership Award.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill and Long Beach Rescue Mission Executive Director Robert Probst present Cathy Taylor the Community Leadership Award.

Business, nonprofit, educational, church, healthcare, government and community leaders gathered at the Renaissance Friday to celebrate community and to pray for those serving and working in Long Beach. Over 360 were in attendance.

Long Beach Rescue Mission hosted the 33rd Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast and Executive Director Robert Probst emceed the event. Participants in the mission’s programs attended.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill presented the Community Leadership Award to Cathy Taylor. Taylor has authored a book helping hurting moms and is known for her involvement in Celebrate Recovery, a program designed to assist those struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ.

The Emerging Leadership Award was presented to Allison Nicholas for her volunteer involvement with “Get on the Bus,” a program reuniting children with their parent in prison. “It is face-to-face time, touch, and prayer that will start the healing and help fight the heartbreaking patterns of recidivism and juvenile crime,” she said. Nicholas is dedicated to preserving life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone through her work at the Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit organization.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill present Allison Nicholas Emerging Leadership Award.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill and Long Beach Rescue Mission Executive Director Robert Probst present Allison Nicholas the Emerging Leadership Award.

Randy Gordon, Long Beach Chamber president, and former mayor Beverly O’Neill read scripture during the program, Pastor Roger Beard from Parkcrest Christian Church, Pastor Greg Sanders from The Rock Christian Fellowship, and Pastor Terry Miller from Cornerstone Church prayed for community leadership. Police Chief Robert Luna provided personal insights about his spiritual journey during the Leadership Moment.

The keynote speaker, Casey Gwinn, J.D., president of Alliance for HOPE International and founder of Camp Hope, moved audience members to tears with statistics of family violence and the devastating effect of childhood trauma on individuals well into their adult years. He offered a message of hope and healing to break the cycle of abuse and trauma.

Vocalist Summer Rona and guitarist Brent George provided inspirational music.

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