The annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast in Zachary, themed “Believe and Achieve,” was held Nov. 6 at First Baptist Church with more than 100 in attendance.
Local and state leaders included Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, Sen. Rick Ward, State Rep. Kenny Havard, Zachary Judge Lonny Myles, Superintendent Scott Devillier, Fire Chief Danny Kimble, Police Chief David McDavid, District Attorney Hillar Moore III and City Council members Francis Nezianya, Brandon Noel, Laura O’Brien, Ben Cavin and Tommy Womack.
School district staff, city employees, student groups, community organizations, businesses and residents also attended.
Billy Kline, master of ceremonies, opened the program and was followed by the Rev. Rocky Bezet, of The Rock Church, who gave the invocation.
Zachary High School ROTC cadets presented the colors under the direction of Maj. Leslie Martin. Zachary Fire Department Officer of the Year Rudi Shoats led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rev. Starr Hornsby, of Fellowship Church, offered the prayer for the city.
Bible passages were read by students Agen Langford, of Northwestern Middle School, and Julianna Vallotton, of Copper Mill Elementary. Zachary resident Jesse Moland gave the benediction.
Special musical performances by Madison Russell, Alana Scott, Zachary High’s Bronco Beat choir, led by Anna Johnson, and the ZHS jazz band, led by Donny Alexander, entertained guests.
Zachary High student Elise Goff introduced State Treasurer John Kennedy as the guest speaker.
Kennedy, a Zachary native, spoke about the economy and education.
“We can’t seem to teach enough kids in America how to read and write, but that’s not true in Zachary, so don’t take it for granted … and I know you don’t,” Kennedy said.
He talked about jobs, business and industry, and what makes Louisiana such a great state.
“We’re leaders in petrochemical, oil and gas, shipbuilding, food, music and more,” Kennedy said. “We’re God-fearing and fun-loving.”
Following Kennedy’s speech, Amrhein presented him with a key to the city.
When concluding the program, Amrhein asked guests to pray for his wife, Robyn, her family and late parents, who died a year ago, about three weeks apart.
Amrhein thanked many from the community for their work in making the annual prayer breakfast a success, including the Zachary firefighters, who prepared the breakfast, and Rotary Club volunteers for serving it.
Other contributors were ZHS art teacher Chloe McCleary and student Ashlynn Bankston, who designed the program cover; city of Zachary employees; and inmates from Dixon Correctional Institute.