SOMERSET, NJ - Next Monday the Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation (FMLKCF) will host its 21st Annual Franklin Township MLK Community Breakfast, and tomorrow Jan. 10 is the last day to purchase tickets. 

The annual event was created to bring the township together to honor the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to raise scholarship money for students of Franklin High School. Since 1998, 167 Franklin High School seniors have been awarded more than $175,000 in scholarships.

“I was elated and appreciative when I discovered that I was selected as a recipient of this scholarship…..with the financial assistance the scholarship has given me, I will have more time to concentrate on studying," one of the twelve scholarship recipients said last year... "I promise I will work diligently and continue to strive for excellence. And I hope that one day, I will be able to give back to the Franklin community that has given me so much.”

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A breakfast buffet will be served. Many local businesses, religious groups, government/not-for-profit agencies, and community organizations of Franklin Township are expected to attend and give both their social and financial support.

"We as responsible citizens of Franklin Township can be more effective by encouraging the youth in our Township to cultivate the habit of being responsible," FMLKCF Treasurer, Surya Sonti said. "The best way to achieve this is to exchange ideas among ourselves so that they can be implemented and eventually bring a positive impact on the youth. This Breakfast event provides all residents with that opportunity to gather, exchange and develop ideas that can be passed on further for implementation." 

The Community Fellowship Mass Choir will provide live performance, and members of the New Jersey Orators will share a special message. This year the Honorable Raymond L. Bruce, of the Bronx County Justice Supreme Court will be the Keynote Speaker.

An abbreviated bio can be found below:

Bruce has twenty-five years of broad legal experience as an administrator, researcher and litigator. Judge Bruce’s background includes: securities, banking, health care, personal injury, family, real estate and criminal law with strong analytical, negotiation, writing and oral communication skills. He has been admitted to the Bar in New York and Pennsylvania.

In December 2015 Judge Bruce was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice in the Supreme Court-Criminal Division, Bronx County NY where he currently presides over Felony Motion and Compliance Part involving various types of felony criminal cases ranging from murder, narcotics, rape to aggravated assault. Judge Bruce was previously assigned to Sex Offender Registration Cases and Compliance. 

Judge Bruce served as Acting Supreme Court Justice assigned to Supreme Court-Criminal Division, Bronx County in 2004.  Between 2002 to 2004 he was a Civil Court Judge in the City of NY.  

From 1999 to 2000 Judge Bruce was Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection and Securities Bureau New York City where his role was to investigate illegal activity related to advertising, offering and sales of securities in or from New York State. 

Judge Bruce received his Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.  He has received numerous honors and awards.  

No tickets will be sold after that date or at the door. All donations are tax deductible. 

Visit website www.FTMLK.org for information about the breakfast, tickets, and details on the foundation.  Email FTMLK@gmail.com  for any questions.