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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:00 am

Homestead/South Dade Kiwanis Club 42nd  Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

The 42nd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Homestead/South Dade will be held at 7 a.m. on Good Friday, April 14th, 2017 at the Harris Field Pavilion in Homestead. The pavilion is located on South Dixie Highway at Campbell Drive (SW 312 Street).

The Good Friday Prayer Breakfast has been a favorite among community members and the Homestead South Dade Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast for 42 years. Joel Ann Shiffer is the chairperson for this event for the Kiwanis Club.

This year, the club is very proud to announce that the keynote speaker for the event is Tom Ryan, the well-known coach of the University of Ohio Wrestling team and coach of an Olympic Champion. Tom Ryan has led the Ohio State wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating in 2015 with the program's first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his 10th season in Columbus last March by watching both Myles Martin and Kyle Snyder win NCAA titles on the way to the Buckeyes' fourth top-three finish at the NCAA Championships in the last 10 years. Even moreso, Tom Ryan is a Christian whose faith has dramatically impacted his life and career.

According to Newsday, “Gone is the coach who believed wrestling was his “god”. On February 16, 2004, Ryan was blindsided when his 5-year-old son, Teague, died in his arms at their home before emergency personnel could arrive. Ryan stated, “It was shocking. Bring-you-to-your-knees type of stuff.” Ryan is very open about his Christianity… sports and a strong faith…two of the most powerful vices. “I believe because…with every ounce of me…I believe because I chose to..God is real.”

The soloist for the event is Sarah Melcher. Providing an exciting musical touch to the event will be the “Mays” group from Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts. Breakfast will be prepared by the Homestead Woman’s Club and once again, Donna Jean and her team from WMCU will be broadcasting from the Prayer Breakfast.

“As the chair of this year’s 42nd Annual Kiwanis Good Friday Prayer Breakfast, I'm very excited for our keynote speaker. We look forward to another wonderful community prayer breakfast as we join in faith together."” added Joel Ann Shiffer, Chairman.

The prayer breakfast is a non-profit event. Tickets are $10. Pre-sale tickets will be available next week from Kiwanis members, the South Dade News Leader and at John P. Maas, Attorney at Law. For more information contact Doris at 305-247-7132.

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