The Kiwanis Club of Clermont hosted its annual Prayer Breakfast, an inspirational event, to uplift spirits and extend a helping hand to two very deserving non-profit organizations.

The songs preceding the breakfast were played by Robert D. Walker, Director of East Ridge High School Chorus, and sung by the angelic voices of the East Ridge High School Chorus.  Rev. Tim Moses, from Crosstown Christian Assembly, took the stage as the master of ceremonies, his welcoming demeanor putting everyone in the spirit.

The morning commenced with Pam Jones, representing Congressman Daniel Webster, delivering a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Rev. Dawn Carter, the Pastor of Living Hope Church, invoked blessings upon the gathering, setting the tone for unity. Jimmy Freeman, the Pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, filled the hall with a sense of peace while singing the hymn, “Oh, I want to know You”.

Kiwanian Kassier and Tim Murry paid tribute to the departed members of the Kiwanis Club of Clermont, honoring their legacy of service and dedication.

The keynote address was delivered by Prairy Riehl, the Governor of the Florida District of Kiwanis. With a powerful message titled “Let’s Build a Better World,” Riehl ignited a spark of inspiration in the hearts of everyone present, emphasizing the importance of community and compassion in creating a brighter future.

Kiwanian members Marion DeAnnuntis, Jessica Whitehouse, Joan Kyle, and President of the Kiwanis Club of Clermont Chuck Seaver, worked to ensure the success of the event.

The highlight of the morning was the announcement that the funds raised from the breakfast would benefit The Neighborhood Center of South Lake and Read To Sydney.  

As the breakfast drew to a close spirits were uplifted. Through their collective efforts, the Kiwanis Club of Clermont had not only brought people together in fellowship but had also sown the seeds of hope and compassion in their community. Guests left filled with warmth and inspiration, knowing that they were part of something truly special—the power of unity and kindness in building a better world.

Community Spotlight shines on two very worthy non-profit organizations
Pictured Trish Kry, Neighborhood Center of South Lake
The Neighborhood Center of South Lake (TNC) believes no one should go hungry. Its mission is “Enriching Neighbors’ Lives and Enhancing Dignity by providing Food Security and Abundant Resources“.  It has been serving South Lake County for more than 50 years. Most people know them for their food pantry which is its largest program, however, they are more than a food pantry, it is a Family Stability Center, employing a holistic approach to ending hunger through dedicated case management, providing an abundant variety of resources, and securing strong community partnerships. TNC empowers healthy communities by providing access to healthy food and self-sufficiency resources to their clients while engaging the community in their mission. To learn more, go to or call 352-429-1200.
Pictured: Read to Sydney Thom Battisto and Sunny the therapy dog
Read to Sydney is a not-for-profit, encouraging children to read., “One tail at a time”. Thom Battisto and his therapy dogs visit schools, libraries, and countless other community events yearly. Reading to a therapy dog can help elevate a child’s self-esteem while providing comfort, reinforcing learning skills, motivating speech, and teaching positive and appropriate social behaviors. The activity is especially effective for autistic children and children with learning disabilities, as they develop a more open attitude toward learning while interacting with specially trained and accredited therapy dogs. Dogs are great listeners, and children quickly become comfortable interacting with them. Sunny, the newest Therapy Dog, is an expert listener who is always encouraging, supportive, and patient with all children who interact with him. For more information, visit
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