ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Over 1000 guests were inspired by Dr. Vikki Kennedy Johnson who gave the keynote address at the YMCA 25th Annual “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The prayer breakfast was held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando, Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:45 a.m.
Keynote Guest Speaker, Dr. Vikki Kennedy Johnson
“Like Dr. King, my grandfather had a dream that everyone would get along and be decent to one another if only given a chance,” said Dr. Kennedy Johnson. “There’s power in a dream, but the challenge for us today is to embody the dream, persevere and make a difference.
Welcome Remarks, Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida
“It is upon each of us to continue pushing for positive change,” stated Dan Wilcox, Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida President/CEO. “Today, and every day, our organization is working to improve the lives of all people. “We hope you’ll join with us through the Y’s cause and mission to be a force for positive change.”
Presenting Sponsor, Derek Lewis of PepsiCo, Inc.
The event’s other speakers included Dan Wilcox, President & CEO, YMCA of Central Florida, former Orange County Commissioner Homer Hartage, Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Derek Lewis, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc., Mike Manuel, Chairman, YMCA Metropolitan Board of Directors, Marcus Riggins, President, Southwest Orlando Jaycees, Tim Weisheyer, Osceola County School Board Chairman, and Marcia Hope Goodwin, Director of the City of Orlando’s Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations.
Musical Entertainment, La Rue Howard
Orlando’s music star La Rue Howard of the River of Life Christian Church, along with the Experience Center Praise Choir provided the morning’s musical entertainment.
Four Scholarships Awarded
The annual event provided four scholarships to local high school seniors. The recipients included Vivek Suri of Winter Park High School; Ajalie Coryat of Lake Nona High School; Mitchina Dorson of Maynard Evans High school; and Neil Rios LaVerde of Colonial High School.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tiffany Moore Russell, Orange County Clerk of Courts, received the Southwest Jaycees’ Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicated public service.
Elected Officials Attended
Among the 1000 plus YMCA guests were several elected officials attending the annual prayer breakfast noticed by the Florida National News included US Congressman Daniel Webster, Florida State Senator Geraldine Thompson, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, Orange County Soil & Water Conservation Board Supervisor Daisy Morales, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Jeff Ashton, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, and Orlando City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings.