The Town of Gilbert is hosting the eighth annual East Valley Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast this month.
The public can participate in what organizers call “a morning of inspiration, reflection and collaboration with business and community leaders.”
Faith leaders from across the East valley will lead participants in prayer, and featured speakers will share their personal stories of community leadership and involvement.
Speakers will include Roc Arnett, director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Rev. Ozetta Kirby, pastor of Holy Trinity Community African Methodist Episcopal Church; Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life; Imam Anas Hlayhel, of the Islamic Center of the East Valley; and Eric Jones, pastor of Evident Life Church.
The breakfast – 7:15-9 a.m. March 27 on the lawn of Gilbert Town Hall – aims to bring together people from local governments, businesses, nonprofit service agencies and the faith community “to focus on blessings for our military and first responders, families and youth, leaders, and those who are suffering,” organizers said.
This year’s theme is “Fabric of Hope” to represent “the many threads of our East Valley Region that are stitched together to provide a variety of faith-based human services that support and strengthen our communities,” according to organizers.
Tickets are $40 and there are sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds will support Winged Hoped, a nonprofit agency that counsels and helps heal victims of domestic violence. Tickets are available at evmpb.org.
“I look forward to your presence at this remarkable event that brings to light the very best of the human spirit and reminds us of the strength of our personal faith to do great things for one another,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels.
The East Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast is modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast, held annually in Washington D.C. since 1952.
In 2012, Hugh Hallman, former Tempe Mayor, and Jon McHatton, former chaplain to the Arizona Senate and founder of CARE INC, helped to launch the “For Our Cities” program, which connected the faith community and the City of Tempe. This led to the first Mayor Prayer breakfast.
“Serving Side By Side” is the motto of the organizing committee.
This year the committee is chaired by Daniels with Joel Biggs as co-chair. Members include: Ashley Silva and Sarah Watts, Gilbert Chamber; Linda Moeser and Kaitlyn Spencer, Central Christian Church; Al Bravo, City of Apache Junction; Candice Copple, City of Mesa; Torun Sadow, City of Queen Creek; Parrish Spisz, City of Tempe; Niki Tapia, City of Chandler; Fran Lowder, Just Serve;
Also, Gina Benz, Even Stevens and Linda Moeser, For Our City Mesa; Cynthia Hardy, For Our City Chandler; Evelyn Oxner McKenzie, Even Stevens; Velvet Jones, Evident Life Church; Angela Willeford, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.
Representing the Town of Gilbert on the committee are Noelle Horten, Susan Moresco, Sylvia Alvidrez, Stephanie To