Prayer breakfast to honor Police Explorers for volunteer work leading young people

The 30th annual Greater Long Beach Leadership prayer breakfast will present its Emerging and Community Leader award at its Sept. 13 event. “These awards highlight individuals or groups that might not otherwise receive recognition for their service to the community,” said Jim Lewis, CEO of Long Beach Rescue Mission, which hosts the annual event.
Long Beach Police Explorer Post #295 will receive the 2012 Emerging Leadership Award for their commitment to developing young people as leaders by providing insight, leadership experience and mentoring. Each year Post #295 members volunteer nearly 17,000 hours for the Long Beach area. Individual Explorers, ranging from ages 16 to 20, come from all over the city, many from single-parent families and many with an interest in law enforcement as a potential career.
The community award will be presented to Ken Sem Kong, who serves as director of Southeast Asian Ministries at The Navigators, director at Southeast Asian Catalyst and project manager of MESA. He grew up in the difficult circumstances that were inherent in the Cambodian refugee community. Kong was chosen for his work healing families both here and abroad and for bringing awareness to cross-cultural community issues.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will join Jim Lewis to present the awards.
The breakfast and awards ceremony will take place at The Hyatt on Sept. 13. Breakfast will be served at 7:15am, and the program will end at 9am. A community leadership forum will follow at 10am. The Hyatt is located at 200 South Pine Ave. Individual tickets are $40; a table of 10 is $400. Sponsorships are also available. Order online at or call (562) 591-1292.
The Greater Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast is an event which offers prayer for, and inspiration to, elected officials and individuals who serve the community and country. The annual event is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast and is open to all.

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