COLLINSVILLE – For the 16th straight year, area politicians, business professionals and more will gather for the Congressional Prayer Breakfast held at the Gateway Center.
“Every year, this gathering has transcended the stigma of politics and concentrated on all of us developing a prayerful, strong and moral life,” Chairman Gary Tedrick said.
The event will be held April 28 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 each ($160 for a table) and must be purchased by April 23.
Serving as hosts are local U.S. Representatives John Shimkus, Rodney Davis and Bill Enyart. Former Indiana Pacer Steve Stipanovich, a St. Louis native, will serve as featured speaker. Stipanovich spent his 1983-89 career with the Pacers.
“I look forward to hearing from Steve Stipanovich, who many of us recall from his local basketball playing days,” Shimkus said. “His message and our joint prayers will hopefully lift us up for one day or even the whole year.”
Past speakers include Buck Knives CEO Charles T. Buck, survivor of the 2001 Pentagon attack Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Brian Birdwell, and Phil Heimlich, son of Henry Jay Heimlich, the creator of the “Heimlich maneuver.”
Steve Jankowski, the Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs at Southern Illinois University, will serve as master of ceremonies. Jankowski is a 30-plus year veteran of news media and went on to SIUE in December of 2006.
He has served as an emcee of the Illinois Congressional Prayer Breakfast since its inception.
For more information or to make reservations, call (618) 463-6834.