Sheriff-elect named keynote speaker at 10th annual Manatee Leadership Prayer Breakfast

Last Updated: Sunday, January 01, 2017, 12:21 PM EST

Manatee County's Sheriff-elect, Col. Rick Wells, has been named the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast. 

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The breakfast benefits Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, a non-profit organization that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students, to break the cycle of poverty through education. 

Students are offered college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life. 

The Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 a.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. It will feature many local dignitaries, business, religious, educational, and community leaders, and provides an opportunity to support local students. 

“This year, we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this inspirational event!  The Leadership Prayer Breakfast usually sells out early and because Col. Rick Wells will be sworn in just 3 weeks before, this will be one of the first opportunities the community will have to hear him speak and to show their support,” says Take Stock’s Executive Director, Diana Dill.  

Colonel Wells has been in law enforcement for 31 years and currently serves as second in command at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Brad Steube. 

From 2010 to 2015, Wells served as Chief of Police at the Palmetto Police Department. 

For tickets to the Leadership Prayer Breakfast, click here