KY (3/2/12) – Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear invite Kentuckians to participate in the 47th Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, to be held Tuesday, March 6 at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is a long-standing tradition in Kentucky dating back to 1965 and includes representatives of all three branches of government. Each year, this ecumenical gathering provides Kentuckians with an opportunity to give thanks for our blessings and ask for strength to lead our Commonwealth toward a better future. The theme for this year’s breakfast is “A Humble Resilience”.
“Our people have endured natural disasters, a global economic recession, a crippling prescription drug epidemic, and many other troubles”, said Governor Beshear. “Kentuckians have faced these perils with a prayerful and humble resilience that should inspire us, as leaders, to work beyond party lines to build a stronger future for our state.”
Providing the keynote address this year will be Dr. Alan Keiran, Chief of Staff to the Chaplain of the United States Senate. Having served throughout the world as a combat officer in the United States Navy, Keiran has also served as chaplain to U.S. forces in Japan, Iraq, and throughout the United States.
In 2008, Dr. Keiran authored “Take Charge of Your Destiny”, a book filled with spiritually-based principles and practical applications to inspire anyone who wants to leave a positive impact on the world.
The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast includes the presentation of the William Cooper Award, which is given annually to the Kentuckian or group of Kentuckians who embody the heart of the Commonwealth, working tirelessly in service to others with a motivation of faith and leaving a lasting impact.
This year’s recipient is Leslie Robin, a second-year medical student at the University of Kentucky. She is the founder of the annual “Spread the Love-a-Thon,” a program designed in coordination with the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics’ Adolescent Medicine program. The program, in its third year, has engaged hundreds of students in the Lexington area to engage in positive peer-to-peer outreach by phone and social media to combat teen suicide.
In conjunction with the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, the Governor will also host college students from across the Commonwealth for the 5th annual Kentucky Student Leadership Seminar. Each year, all Kentucky colleges and universities, both private and public, are asked to submit the names of two students to attend the seminar.
Students are treated to a day of guest speakers from government, business and academia, and provided the opportunity to network with fellow student leaders, sharing best practices of principled leadership on college campuses.
Doors will open for the prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, and the program will begin at 8 a.m. Single tickets are $5 each, or $120 for a table of 8. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
For more information on the 47th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, or to reserve a table, please visit http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/prayerbreakfast.aspx.
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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