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Financial challenges face huge annual Clark County prayer breakfast this time


VANCOUVER, Wash. — At this point, one of the nation’s largest annual prayer breakfasts will still take place again here this fall, even though financial support for it has fallen significantly short thus far.
As reported by The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver last month, the 11th annual Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast — which in recent years has drawn about 900 people — is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at the Vancouver Hilton.
Scheduled featured speaker is Christian musician John Sheptock, whose birth parents handed him off to the state of New Jersey because he was born without arms but who has overcome his hardships through faith in Jesus.
The annual event is sponsored by Clark County chapters of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America.
But while in past years the event has by this time usually secured more than 50 corporate sponsors, this year only 18 have been found to date, said JR Cantrell, a member of the fellowship. Such sponsorships are key to holding the breakfast, which last year cost $35,000 to hold.
Cantrell told the newspaper that he can’t pin down a firm reason for the drop in corporate commitments, but speculated that the economy is still very challenged at the same time that many non-profit agencies are all seeking financial support.
Cantrell said the event committee seeks to exhaust all funding options before canceling the event. He also emphasized that the breakfast is a positive event that doesn’t violate separations of church and state. He said it simply seeks to provide great speakers with good messages and to honor mayors, community leaders, military, first responders, fire and police personnel and elected officials.
Corporate sponsorships are available for companies both large and small, and start as low as $150. For more information, go to clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org or contact Stewart Kent at 360-944-7523 or stewartkent@gmail.com.