The 10th annual Monett Prayer Breakfast attracted a record crowd of over 100 community members and business leaders early Thursday morning.
The group gathered from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Monett City Park Casino and was treated to a delicious breakfast, which was cooked and served by members of the Monett Kiwanis Club. The food was donated by The Bayou.
"The prayer breakfast was one of the best attended and one of the best programs we've every had," said Suzy McElmurry, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, which partnered with the Monett Ministerial Alliance to sponsor the breakfast.
Monett native Bob Hubbard was the featured speaker. Hubbard is a well-known and popular singer and entertainer and motivational speaker who has delighted crowds in Branson and across the country.
The 1946 Monett High School graduate sang second tenor with the Foggy River Boys and has often brought his musical talents back to his hometown to perform at festivals and church events. Hubbard was actually the speaker at the first Monett Prayer Breakfast held in 1999.
"Bob's words made you stop and think and realize that 'I can have a long-term effect,'" said McElmurry. "Bob grew up here, and he shared stories about the people and entities from Monett that helped shape his life."
One of Hubbard's long-time friends, Vig Hall, was able to attend the breakfast for the first time in the event's 10-year history and hear his good friend speak. The breakfast happened to fall during one of Hall's visits to Monett from his home in Los Angeles.
"Bob is just an incredible person," said Hall. "The rest of us are kind of average.
"The only think I regretted was that Bob didn't use the name of his car during his talk" joked Hall. "Caledonia was the name of his Model T and he talked about taking his date to senior prom in his car but never called it by name."
Hall had nothing but high praise for Hubbard, who he referred to as a "fabulous and kind person." Hall said he and Hubbard were not only school friends but church brothers who both attended the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Monett.
|"I found Bob's speech fascinating," said Hall. "He talked about finding God in people he associated with as a kid. He said if you look for God, you'll find him in everyday life and in this community, which is very inspiring."|
Duke Mason, a nationally known performer, was also featured at the breakfast. He performed traditional gospel music, including several hymns that got the crowd singing along with him.
The opening prayer was given by Chad Bennett, pastor of the Monett Community Church, and the closing prayer was offered by Noel George, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene.
Cliff Crockett chaired the chamber committee that organized and planned the event.
"It was humorous, inspirational and prayerful," said McElmurry. "I was really excited about how it turned out."