YMCA of Greater Charlotte to Host 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Share Article

The annual event features a new location expected to host largest attendance to date.

MLK Prayer Breakfast

“This prayer breakfast has become a tradition for Charlotteans from every race, belief, age and income level,” says Karen Gipson, McCrorey YMCA executive director.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is hosting its 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at a new, larger location in 2013 - the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom.

In 2012, the YMCA and the City of Charlotte MLK Holiday Planning Committee entered into a partnership to make the King Holiday an even bigger day of celebration for the community. Together, the committee and Y leaders moved the annual breakfast to the Crown Ballroom and expect the 2013 event to double in attendance. Nearly 1000 have attended the event at The Westin Charlotte for the past 5 years.

“Since 1979, the City of Charlotte MLK Holiday Planning Committee has thoughtfully planned out our area’s observance activities that have engaged more than 10,000 people,” said YMCA Senior Vice President Michael DeVaul. “I’m grateful to the committee for the opportunity to elevate the holiday even more.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast is award-winning chef and bestselling author Chef Jeff Henderson. His remarkable story has earned Chef Jeff national attention on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, and on USA Today. At the breakfast, Chef Jeff will share how he turned his life around from having served nearly a decade in prison for drugs to becoming the executive chef at the renowned Café Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

During the breakfast, the McCrorey Family YMCA will honor its Spirit Award recipient, Acosta Sales & Marketing for the company’s contributions to promote positive social change. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will also recognize scholarship winners of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Art & Essay Writing Contest and the City of Charlotte will present its prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award.

Proceeds from the YMCA’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will provide life-transforming programs for children at the McCrorey Family YMCA and provide teens the opportunity to participate in the Y Achievers program. Founded in 1936 as an African-American YMCA in a segregated nation, the McCrorey YMCA provided opportunities for spiritual growth, learning and leadership development for the black community in Charlotte.

“This prayer breakfast has become a tradition for Charlotteans from every race, belief, age and income level,” says Karen Gipson, McCrorey YMCA executive director. “We are excited to invite even more neighbors to this year’s celebration.”

Doors open at 7:15 AM. The program begins at 8:00 AM and is expected to end at 9:30 AM. Tickets are on sale now at EZ-Tixx.com. Corporate sponsorships are also available by contacting Karen Gipson at 704-716-6506.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Molly Thompson
Follow us on
Visit website