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November 14, 2013

A holiday tradition in New Albany

Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast Saturday

NEW ALBANY — The Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast in New Albany began in 1968 as a way to bring the community together and to officially kickoff the upcoming holiday season.

Through the years, administrations have changed and mayors have come and gone, but the event that started under Mayor Garnett “Tuffy” Inman has endured. Saturday, for the 45th consecutive year, the community will gather once again in New Albany High School’s cafeteria for the Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast.

“I think it’s a great event,” said St. Marks United Church of Christ Pastor John Manzo. “It’s nice that people of all different religious traditions come together to give thanks and pray for the community. I think it’s a great tradition.”

This year’s event begins at 8 a.m. and tickets are $9 at the door, which includes breakfast. The keynote speaker will be WAVE 3 Sunrise Anchor John Boel, who has received 70 Emmy awards, including six for best anchor during his career. Besides his career, Boel will also speak about confronting and defeating substance abuse.

“He does a fabulous job as a reporter and it will be good to hear him speak about facing struggles and overcoming them,” Manzo said.  “I am really excited about hearing him speak.”

Mayor Jeff Gahan is looking forward to this year’s event.

“I would encourage everyone to come rejoice and give thanks for the blessings that our community has received,” Gahan said. “This year, John Boel from WAVE 3 News will share his inspirational story with us while we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.”

City Controller Linda Moeller, who also serves on the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, said it’s important to continue the tradition of the prayer breakfast.

“It brings us together once a year as a community to give thanks. There is a lot of tradition with it and especially with this being our bicentennial year,” she said. “Together as a community we can all be thankful for what we have.”

Moeller is also glad to have Boel as the guest speaker.

“I think he has a good message for all of us. He is very well known in the community and someone we can relate to. It takes a lot of courage to share that message.”

 

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