(Dec. 28, 2018) The fourth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, presented by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, will feature retired football placekicker, David Akers, as the keynote speaker.
The 2019 event, scheduled Friday, Jan. 11 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Clarion hotel on 101st Street, will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast served and Akers beginning his speech.
Akers played for the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, as well as a brief career with the Washington Redskins. He is currently a free agent and Christian speaker.
Akers joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. The six-time Pro Bowl Selection has been a member of playoff teams 10 times, participated in seven NFC Championship games, and played in two Super Bowls.
He owns the NFL postseason record of 19 consecutive field goals made and holds nearly every Pro Bowl kicking record.
“He has a great story and how he just kept moving forward … and how his faith’s a part of that,” Events Director Lisa Layfield said. “That’s what we look for … we look for someone who has an inspiring story and we definitely felt like he was someone that was a good fit for everyone.”
Last year, over 300 people attended the event. The 2018 keynote speaker was Victor Mooney, who paddled from Africa to New York in a rowboat.
“It’s a great way to just get out and see people,” Layfield said. “It gives people in the community the opportunity to see and talk to people that they may never see during the year.”
The guest clergy speaking during the event will be Brian Pugner from the Ocean City Worship Center.
The event is sponsored by the Farmer’s Bank of Willards, Mountaire Farms, Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce and Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce.
“We wanted to involve everyone in the area,” Layfield said. “It’s something for everybody. The event is more about bringing people together and starting off the year on a positive note.
“So, I would just invite people to come out and join us,” she continued. “Start the year off on a positive note with an inspiring story, a great fellowship … meeting new people and seeing people that maybe you haven’t seen in a while.”
Tickets cost $20. Guests also have the option to provide a sponsor table, which costs $300 and includes 10 tickets, a sponsor recognition and a mention in the program, or a $100 open seating sponsorship which also receives a mention in the program.
For more information, to become a sponsor, call Layfield at 410-213-0144 ext. 104. To order tickets, visit www.chamber.oceancity.org/events.