2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Unity, Diversity, Youth Leadership and Community Involvement

2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Unity, Diversity, Youth Leadership and Community Involvement

Keynote Speaker: Dwight D. Jones, Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District

The 2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast, a community-building event, encourages unity, diversity and developing leadership skills for Las Vegas youth, and will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The event includes Mayor’s reading ecumenical prayers, an interfaith candle lighting ceremony and a keynote speech by Dwight D. Jones, Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District.

Following the breakfast, students in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions of local mayors, Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight D. Jones and more, in a town hall meeting format. Gard Jameson, chairman of the Interfaith Council and co-founder of Volunteers in Medicine, will moderate this portion of the event. This year’s breakfast anticipates more than 700 attendees including more than 350 students from various high schools across the city.

“United Way of Southern Nevada and our volunteers are dedicated to participating in the annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast with engaged partners that encourage children’s academic success,” said Cass Palmer, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “This annual event was started in some respects to show young students the value of giving back and being active in the community.”

WHO: Dwight D. Jones – Clark County School District Superintendent

Carolyn Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas
Andy Hafen – Mayor of Henderson
Roger Tobler – Mayor of Boulder City
Pamela Goynes Brown – Mayor pro-tem of North Las Vegas
Susan Brager – Chair, Clark County Commission
Jim and Judy Kropid – Mayors Prayer Breakfast volunteer co-chairs
Gard Jameson – Co-founder of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Rash – Nellis Airforce Base
Cass Palmer – President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada

WHAT: 2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast and Youth Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Breakfast: 7:30 – 9 a.m. Town Hall: 9 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
WHERE: Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel Dallas Ballroom 2101 Texas Star Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89032
WHY: Proceeds benefit Camp Anytown Las Vegas, a program of Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, that empowers youth in leadership skills, human relations and diversity.The annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast is modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The local event encourages our community to use their diversity to find creative solutions to the various challenges facing Southern Nevada, similar to how the national breakfast is focused on the unification of our country.

The Mayors Prayer Breakfast was founded more than 50 years ago when Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson attended a President’s Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Mayor was so moved by the experience that he brought the event to Las Vegas.

About United Way of Southern Nevada United Way of Southern Nevada works to build a healthier community and to advance the common good through a focus on Education, Health and Financial Stability, the building blocks of a good life. With an extensive network of donors, volunteers and community leaders, the United Way brings together the passion, expertise, and resources needed to affect positive change in our community. Together, person by person, the United Way’s collaborative power is building a more solid community fabric, connecting impassioned advocates who truly LIVE UNITED for a better southern Nevada. For more information on how to get involved, please visit

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