DUARTE —Duarte will express its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kick off the holiday season at the 32nd annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast and 30th annual Duarte Chamber Community Service Recognition Awards. The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City of Hope Cooper Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Road and feature inspirational Pastor and Deputy Sheriff Rafer Owens.
For decades, Owens has had dual careers that both serve the public. Since 1995, he has served as Head Pastor of Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church in Compton. In his hometown, he has also served as the Vice President of the “Compton Initiative” since 2006 committed to restoring the City through a ministry of volunteerism focusing on painting churches, homes and schools on a regular basis.
As a Sheriff, Owens is responsible for the safety an and well being of the Compton’s citizens. Rafter and his wife Natalie have been married since 1987 and have six dynamic children. Outstanding community volunteers will be honored by the Chamber of Commerce in the categories of Civic Service, Service to Senior Citizens, Humanitarian, Service to Youth, Business, and Youth. Nomination applications are available below or online @ www.duartechamber.com. Deadline for submitting nominations is November 6, 2018 at noon.
The event will also launch the 14th annual Holiday of Promise” project to collect food, personal items and gift donations to be distributed by the Duarte Community Service Council and Foothill Unity Center to needy families the week before Christmas. The project is sponsored by Duarte’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, Duarte Church and Clergy Association, and numerous area businesses. Gift donations can be dropped off from November to mid December at various locations including Duarte City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Public Safety Offices.
The breakfast is co-sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries, Duarte IHOP, City of Duarte, Duarte Church and Clergy Association, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, City of Hope, Duarte Kiwanis Club, and the Duarte Woman’s Club.
A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $10 or $8 for children. For more information on the event, call Duarte City Hall, (626) 357-7931, ext. 267.
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