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Local Pastor and Humanitarian to be Keynote Speaker for YMCA Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Pastor Terrence K. Porter will be the Keynote Speaker at the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by The YMCA of Western Monmouth County and The Community YMCA.

“As an organization committed to strengthening community, the Y is honored to continue to host this meaningful memorial to celebrate and reinforce Dr. King’s enduring legacy of service,” said YMCA of Western Monmouth County President and CEO Cynthia Joy.

The annual YMCA event, which honors the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place Jan. 20, 2014 from 8-10 a.m. at Branches Catering, West Long Branch.

Rhonda Anderson, President & CEO of The Community YMCA, said youth and teens from YMCA programs will play key roles at this year’s celebration to help ensure that“Dr. King’s legacy as a peacemaker and humanitarian carry on to the next generation.”

Pastor Porter has been serving at the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank since May of 2003. He is committed to spreading the gospel throughout the world. He serves as member and instructor with the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and has led Medical Mission Teams and Mission Work Teams to rural areas of the West Indies. He is currently leading the efforts to support the building of a medical clinic and Christian Church in La Cajou, Haiti.

Pastor Porter is President of the Board of Trustees for the Red Bank Affordable Housing. He has also been appointed to various committees, including Riverview Medical Center Advisory Committee, N.A.A.C.P, Westside Ministerial Alliance and The Executive Committee of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group.

This year’s memorial breakfast will include a food drive to benefit Lunch Break in Red Bank, music, the presentation of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Humanitarian Award, and the winner of an essay contest among YMCA high school participants.

Monmouth County high school students are invited to apply for the Monmouth County Humanitarian Award. The award is given to a student who exemplifies the definition of a humanitarian and conveys the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. High school students participating in programs at The Community YMCA or the Western Monmouth County YMCA are encouraged to enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest. The deadline for applications for both the humanitarian award and essay contest is Jan. 3. For more information contact Mel O’Neal, Outreach Director, Freehold Borough YMCA, moneal@ymcanj.org.

Seating for the breakfast is limited; please RSVP by January 5, 2014. Cost is $25 per adult/$10 per youth or $250 per table of 10.

For tickets and more information, please call Michele Born at 732.462.0464, ext. 125, or e-mail mborn@ymcanj.org.

About The YMCA of Western Monmouth County

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of all people. For over 110 years, the YMCA of Western Monmouth County has the long standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, go to www.ymcanj.org

About The Community YMCA

The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, health and wellness, leadership, arts enrichment, personal and family counseling and summer day camp. With a mission to serve all, more than $650,000 in reduced and free membership fees and programs is provided by the YCares financial assistance program to individuals and families in need. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.

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