The event celebrates Dr. King’s legacy of service by honoring local leaders who have made a difference in the community.
Des Moines, Iowa – “Unity” is the theme of the 6th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, to be held Monday, January 21 – the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – from 7-9 a.m. at the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus.
Organizers say the purpose of the event is to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and his pioneering work for economic and social justice. Proceeds benefit the John R. Grubb Community YMCA Annual Campaign, which raises funds to provide local families with access to the YMCA and supports enrichment programs such as Starfish Academy, a summer literacy camp.
Keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Dr. Brian Brown, athletic director at the University of Missouri and former director of the Drake Relays. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bridges to Harmony Gospel Choir from Roosevelt High School. The breakfast will conclude with the presentation of special awards to the following individuals and businesses:
Legacy Award – Nolden Gentry, Attorney and Founding Partner, Brick Gentry P.C.
Making a Difference Award (Adult) – Marvin L. DeJear, Jr., Director, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
Making A Difference Award (Youth) – Eric Samuka, North High School
Making A Difference Award (Corporation) – Broadlawns Medical Center
Tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast are $30 per person; table sponsorships are also available. Tickets or tables may be purchased online. For more information, contact Charles Mercer, Executive Director, John R. Grubb YMCA: 515-868-0522 or Charles.Mercer@dmymca.org.