GRUBB YMCA TO HOST The 2nd ANNUAL DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PRAYER BREAKFAST
Des Moines, Iowa – Spotlighting the servant-leaders in the community will be the focus of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. The event will be hosted by the John R. Grubb Community YMCA on the Drake University campus Monday, Jan. 20.
Suku Radia, chief executive officer of Bankers Trust in Des Moines, will deliver the keynote address. Banker’s Trust is Iowa’s largest independent community bank. Radia has served or currently serves on a number of local boards including the United Way of Central Iowa, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Drake University, Mercy Medical Center, Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors, Bravo and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
“Bridges to Harmony,” the Roosevelt High School choir, will also perform.
The event will be held from 7:15-9:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Day at Parents Hall in Drake University’s Olmstead Center.
“Dr. King encouraged his congregation to seek greatness, but to do so through service and love,” said Cameron Nicholson, executive director of the Grubb Y. “We hope this inter-generational, inspiring and uplifting morning service will encourage our attendees to make a difference each day.”
Three individuals will be recognized during the celebratory prayer breakfast for their contributions to the Des Moines community including:
Making A Difference Award-Legacy – Vernon Johnson has served as an advocate for disadvantaged Americans his entire career, which has taken him to the Iowa Children’s and Family Services where he started Iowa’s first group home for African-American boys, to Orchard Place where he created the PACE Juvenile Center in downtown Des Moines.
Making A Difference-Adult Award – Jamel Crawford serves as the lead pastor of New Life Center in Des Moines as well as the head boys’ basketball coach at East High School. He previously worked at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines for 10 years, including five years as the executive director of the John R. Grubb Community YMCA. While in that role he created a youth conference called “Flippin Tha Scrypt,” which was designed to help youth write, and in some cases, rewrite the life script that had been written for them.
Making A Difference Award-Youth – Allia Foley is a senior at Urbandale High School where she is involved in a number of activities including community service organizations. After graduation, she plans to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she will study psychology or criminal justice with a goal of becoming an FBI criminal profiler. She is actively involved in Miss Black Iowa USA and Miss Black USA competitions.
For information on how to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast call the John R. Grubb Community YMCA at 515.246.0791.