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Prayer Breakfast will celebrate diversity

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On the first Thursday of May each year, the Westerville Area Resource Ministry celebrates the National Day of Prayer with its annual Community Prayer Breakfast.

This year, however, the event aims to be more inclusive and more diverse.

"We're celebrating diversity in Westerville," WARM Coordinator of Development and Communications Lauren Ogden said.

"Not just color or circumstance, but situation and culture and just kind of everything. The theme is, 'With one voice, we pray.' "

This year's breakfast will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. May 1 in the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Tickets are $25 per person.

Ogden said the event will certainly still be focused on the day of prayer, but that it might be a bit less overt than in the past.

"We're just really trying to value the heritage of difference while promoting a unified voice," she said. "Obviously it's the National Day of Prayer, so it definitely has religious undertones. But it's really a celebration across the board."

The 12th annual event features breakfast catered by local restaurant Sunny Street Cafe, with donations by Giant Eagle and a video created by local production company 543 Productions.

Ogden stressed that while WARM puts the event together, it's a community affair.

"While we're orchestrating it, it's really a very big community event," she said, noting the many partners for the breakfast.

This year's keynote speaker will be David Koo, a director at Nationwide Children's Hospital who has been involved with WARM in the past.

"He and his wife have been great supporters of WARM and volunteering, and we've gotten to know David over the years," WARM Manager of Development and Communications Cheryl Wooten said. "He has a great story and a unique perspective on the needs of the community."

Koo's keynote address, Wooten said, will likely fit the theme of the breakfast.

"The theme of the morning is celebrating diversity, and certainly the diversity of color, culture and circumstance," she said. "We always ask the keynotes to follow suit on that, but also an overview of how prayer enters into one's life, and an individual sense of that."

Wooten suggested that those interested in attending the event make reservations soon, because it is known to sell out quickly. For more information or to make a reservation, contact WARM at 614-899-0196.

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