The Southwest Florida community is invited to observe the National Day of Prayer during the 2017 Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, at Harborside Event Center, at 1375 Monroe St., in Fort Myers. Coordinated by local faith-based organizations with support from the city of Fort Myers, this free, ticketed event brings the community together in unified prayer.
In addition to a buffet-style breakfast beginning at 6 a.m., keynote speaker Dr. Lucille O'Neal and guest speaker Art Holst will inspire the attendees with their motivational and entertaining personal stories, tied to faith and humanity.
Randy Henderson, mayor of the city of Fort Myers, will emcee the prayer breakfast, with music from the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers in collaboration with choirs from area churches and synagogues.
Registration for the 2017 Community Prayer Breakfast is required to obtain a guest pass, as seating is limited. Guest passes are required for event entry, and residents and visitors can request tickets online at cypresslakeumc.com/prayerbreakfast/.
O'Neal, mother of retired-NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, received her bachelor's degree from Bethune-Cookman University in business administration, earned a master of arts from the University of Phoenix in organizational management and her doctorate from Bethune-Cookman University in human letters.
Author of acclaimed book, "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go," O'Neal values empowering women and men in hopes of overcoming obstacles while remaining an unwavering faith and obedience to God's directions for a victorious life.
Holst is a three-year World War II veteran and ranked as a first lieutenant and later a captain in the infantry led by Gen. George Patton during World War II.
Holst was a member of the National Football League's officiating staff for 15 years, officiating four championship games and Super Bowl VI and XII. A Knox College graduate, He was also a successful salesman for 10 years and a successful business owner, and now uses his broad business background as a foundation for his inspirational messages and enthusiastic lessons that captivate audiences across the country.
For more information about the prayer breakfast, call 239-223-8458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.