BY KATHY KANE
The Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast Committee is preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of its event on Friday, Dec. 1, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center. Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a speaker at 7:30 a.m., and ending at 9:30 a.m. The non-denominational program of spiritual renewal will be led by local clergy.
This year the group has retained Jack Barsky, a former KGB agent who is now a born-again Christian. This true spy story had a very humble beginning in the most backward corner of the old East Germany. Smarts and hard work got Jack out into the world, where he started a career teaching chemistry and math at a well-known university.
Then his life took a fantastic detour — Jack was recruited by the KGB and infiltrated into the United States where he spent 10 years spying for the Soviet Union. He “resigned” from the KGB and was eventually discovered by the FBI. Today, Jack is a law abiding patriotic American citizen who is taking advantage of one last chance to live a normal life. He is now taking his story and his vast experience on both sides of the iron curtain to live audiences.
Sponsors are the life blood of this event. All sponsors will be recognized in the program, at the event and mentioned on the cable program which will air throughout December. With a donation of $700, sponsors will also get 10 tickets.
Student sponsorships are also available for $400 which will afford 10 high school students to attend. Businesses can also sponsor the Christmas flower decorations and use in their business after the event for $600 and includes six tickets. Individuals may also be listed as a Patron for $150 and it includes two tickets.
Tickets for the event are $20 each, available at Crystal Gardens and can be ordered by sending a check, payable to the Downriver Prayer Breakfast to Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate, MI 48195. Seat/tables will be assigned in order of purchase date and handled by Crystal Gardens.
The event traditionally sells out, so those interested in attending are advised to get their tickets early. For more information about the event call (734) 284-7307.