LB Police Explorers to receive 2012 Emerging Leadership Award

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The 30th annual Greater Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast will present its Emerging and Community Leader award at its September 13 event. “These awards highlight individuals or groups that might not otherwise receive recognition for their service to the community,” said Jim Lewis, CEO of Long Beach Rescue Mission, which hosts the annual event.

The 2012 Emerging Leadership Award will be presented to the Long Beach Police Explorer Post #295 for their commitment to developing young people as leaders by providing valuable insight, leadership experience and mentoring. Each year Post #295 members volunteer nearly 17,000 hours to the Long Beach area. Individual Explorers, ranging from ages 16-20, come from all over the city, many from single parent families and many with an interest in law enforcement as a potential career. 

The Community Award will be presented to Ken Sem Kong who serves as Director of Southeast Asian Ministries at The Navigators, Director at Southeast Asian Catalyst and project manager of MESA. He grew up in the difficult circumstances that were inherent in the Cambodian refugee community. Mr. Kong was chosen for his work healing families both here and abroad and for bringing awareness to cross-cultural community issues. His efforts foster spiritual and personal development of individuals and families.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will join Jim Lewis to present the awards.

The breakfast and awards ceremony takes place at The Hyatt on September 13th. Breakfast is served at 7:15 am and the program ends promptly at 9 am. A Community Leadership Forum will follow, at 10. The Hyatt is located at 200 South Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Individual tickets are $40; a table of 10 is $400. Sponsorships are also available. Order online at: or call 562-591-1292.

The Greater Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast is an event which offers prayer for, and inspiration to, our elected officials and individuals who serve the community and our country. This annual event is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast, and while celebrating our Judeo-Christian heritage, it is open to all.

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