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49th Annual Prayer Breakfast


February 28, 2024

The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 49th Annual Prayer Breakfast, on Friday, February 23rd at Stratigos Banquet Center in North Huntingdon. This event has become a cornerstone in our community, fostering unity, faith, kindness, and love among residents, business leaders, and community members.

This year's Prayer Breakfast was particularly impactful, as the Chamber welcomed over 370 business leaders, residents, and community members. Notably, this marked the first year the Chamber extended its reach to include 150 students and administrators from every school district in the region, thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of the Westmoreland Fayette Workforce Investment Board, the Pheple Federal Credit Union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and Jim Bendel, of St. Vincent College.

Dan DeBone, President/CEO of the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, emphasizes, "The theme for this year's event was 'Embracing Common Ground,' a concept the Chamber has long championed. In a world teeming with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, the pursuit of common ground is not merely a challenge but a necessity. Now, as we embark on a new year, addressing the imperative to regrow our population, increase our workforce, and support our communities in need, unity becomes paramount. The Chamber passionately calls on the community to stand united, grow together, and flourish as one."

The featured speaker for this year's Prayer Breakfast was Jennifer Miele, Chief Communications Officer for the Diocese of Greensburg. Ms. Miele addressed the crowd, sharing insights on her own family history and recognizing those in the community who have done significant outreach, aligning with the theme of "Embracing Common Ground."

The Chamber dedicated this event to Mark Smail, who the community sadly lost two weeks ago.  Mark was an exceptional individual who left an indelible mark on our region.  His legacy throughout our business community will be forever respected.

The Chamber also takes this opportunity to honor our former CEO, Chad Amond, who unfortunately couldn't attend this year's celebration. Chad's leadership during his tenure was characterized by a relentless pursuit of embracing common ground and a consistent effort to foster collaboration throughout the county. The Chamber continues to cherish Chad's significant contributions and the positive impact he has made on both the Chamber and the community as a whole.




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