32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast Brought Long Beach Leaders Together to Celebrate Community and to Pray

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Keynote speaker Phil Cooke with former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill

Keynote speaker Phil Cooke with former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill

Business, nonprofit, educational, church, government and community leaders gathered at the Renaissance Thursday 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 32nd Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast and Executive Director Robert Probst emceed the event. Chaplains from the mission’s Samaritan House and Lydia House prayed. Participants in the mission’s programs attended.

Governor George Deukmejian and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe presented the Community Leadership Award to Mary White. White founded Gems Uncovered, a nonprofit restoring woman exploited through human trafficking. “I didn’t know the statistics before I started Gems Uncovered, but now I do. Now that you know the statistics, I ask, what will you do?” she said during her moment of recognition.

The Emerging Leadership Award was presented to Brittney Olaes for providing volunteer opportunities for youth, outreach programs for blind veterans and for educating the community about marine life preservation. Olaes is a member of Rotaract Long Beach, a group of young professionals seeking to serve the community, grow in their careers and build friendships and lasting impacts together.

Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill and Mike Walter read scripture during the program, and Dr. Greg Allen, son of Cal State Long Beach football coach George Allen provided personal insights during the Leadership Moment.

Pastors Mike Goldsworthy and Jerry Rueb, from local churches, opened and closed the event in prayer. The keynote speaker, Phil Cooke, kept the audience’s attention through a visual presentation challenging them to know who is painting the portrait of their life and leadership and by providing ways to improve their leadership ability.

The Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast is an event that unites community leaders throughout the city of Long Beach to ask for and receive God’s help, encouragement and blessings.

The annual event is a ministry of the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Visit http://www.LBPrayer.com for more information.

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