Clark County residents flock to annual Prayer Breakfast

VANCOUVER — The 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast drew a full room of area residents who attended the event that aims to inspire members of the community to “honor, encourage and support each other.” The event was held at the Vancouver Hilton.

Bill Ritchie, retired pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, served as the Master of Ceremonies Friday at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Mike Schultz
Bill Ritchie, retired pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, served as the Master of Ceremonies Friday at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Mike Schultz

According to Clark County Prayer Breakfast organizers, the mission of the event can be summed up as “residents, businesses and organizations honoring, thanking and praying for our community leaders and those that serve and protect us.”

Those in attendance paid up to $40 per person to attend the event. Keynote speaker at this year’s Prayer Breakfast was Dr. Lori Salierno, founder and CEO of Celebrate Life International, a progressive youth development nonprofit organization with the mission to transform young people into the leaders of tomorrow by coaching them through effective programs, innovative materials and well-prepared professionals.

Dr. Lori Salierno served as the keynote speaker this year at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast held at the Vancouver Hilton. Photo by Mike Schultz
Dr. Lori Salierno served as the keynote speaker this year at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast held at the Vancouver Hilton. Photo by Mike Schultz

Salierno is also co-creator of the Teach One to Lead One philosophy, a “life-changing philosophy that addresses the needs of parents and youth and challenges them to apply truth to everyday living while maintaining a spirit of adventure and celebration.”

Bill Ritchie, retired pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. David Madore, founder and owner of the event’s platinum sponsor US Digital, was also a featured speaker at the prayer breakfast.

Clark County Councilor David Madore, founder and owner of US Digital and ClarkCountyToday.com, spoke to the large gathering at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast Friday at the Vancouver Hilton. US Digital was a Platinum Sponsor of the annual event. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clark County Councilor David Madore, founder and owner of US Digital and ClarkCountyToday.com, spoke to the large gathering at the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast Friday at the Vancouver Hilton. US Digital was a Platinum Sponsor of the annual event. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Mountain View High School choir performed for those in attendance and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Colorguard provided the Presentation of Colors. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rey Reynolds once again offered his inspirational version of The National Anthem and later he sang “Amazing Grace.’’

A large crowd of Clark County residents gathered Friday at the Vancouver Hilton for the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Mike Schultz
A large crowd of Clark County residents gathered Friday at the Vancouver Hilton for the 15th annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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