April 23, 2014

More than 1,000 local leaders were present at the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast held at First Baptist Church of Orlando on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), a patriot, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and man of faith delivered a message on volition.

According to Rooney, “Volition is the power of choice. Every day you wake up, you have a choice. You can be positive or negative. You can choose to pursue your dreams and your passions, but understand one thing – your choices will culminate to write the legacy of your life.”

In his introduction, Rooney charged the audience to push the envelope of human emotion and to take away a new skill or perspective from his message that will in turn have a positive impact on our lives and the lives of the people around us.

DSC_0314_webAlso bringing an Easter message, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said, “There is no holiday, there is no occasion that is more special in the lives of Christians than Easter.” Jacobs explained that Holy Week is an opportunity for restoration and reflection. “Every day is an opportunity for renewal, every day is an opportunity to wake and live a better life, be a better person and a better Christian.”

In delivering the Prayer for Youth Development, Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools, said that the common denominator between all attendees was a  mutual interest in the future of our children.

Offering the Prayer of Healthy Living, Sy Saliba, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Florida Hospital, asked God to “Give us the motivation, the will and the strength to live as healthy as we can, in the hope that one of these days, suffering, pain and sickness will be gone and there will be no more crying and no more tears.”

Kran Riley of Wayne Densch Charities delivered the Prayer for Social Responsibility. In closing, YMCA Board Chairman Glen Davis thanked Florida Hospital and specifically Sy Saliba for sponsoring the event and supporting the Y’s Christian mission.