RED BANK, NJ: On Friday, January 17th, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the 31th Annual Commemorative Breakfast on Jan. 17

What: The newly formed YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is hosting the 31th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast featuring guest speaker Wayne Boatwright, vice president of Diversity & Inclusion, Hackensack Meridian Health, and winners of the MLK essay contest.

Why: The annual breakfast brings together area residents, students, community leaders and friends of the Y to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the impact of his teachings on today’s youth. The Y will be collecting gently-used winter clothing to support underserved families in our community.

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When: Friday, January 17, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.    Guests arrive, coffee and mingling (doors open at 7 a.m.)

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.    Program begins with invocation and welcome remarks

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast, “I Have a Dream” speech, and essay contest readings

8:30 - 8:50 a.m.     Keynote address by Wayne Boatwright

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.    Award presentation

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.     “Stand Up for Others” pledge

9:10 – 9:30 a.m.     Benediction & closing remarks

Where: Sheraton in Eatontown, 6 Industrial Way East, Eatontown, NJ, 07724


Laurie Goganzer, president & chief executive officer, YMCA of Greater Monmouth County

Michael Wright, chairman of MLK Advisory Committee, Y Board of Directors

Wayne Boatwright, vice president, Diversity & Inclusion, Hackensack Meridian Health

Imamu Mayfield, personal trainer, professional boxer and speaker

Rabbi Marc Kline, Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls

Itzel Perez, Red Bank community activist, DACA advocate and YMCA alumnus

Rev. Terrence Porter, senior minister, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank

Rev. Ronald Sparks, Bethel AME Church, Freehold

Maya Gerke, essay contest winner, a junior at Freehold Township High School

Nghi Nguyen, essay contest winner, junior at Raritan High School

Visuals: Students of all backgrounds will welcome guests and participate in the program. Personal trainer, professional boxer and a member of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community players, Imamu Mayfield, will share the “I Have a Dream” speech. Winners of the MLK essay contest will read their essays on social responsibility.

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