Mayor Dan Marabello presided Saturday morning at his first Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, an annual event that started in 1988. This year's ceremony featured Randy Chambers, area director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the guest speaker, and included tributes to Milford High School's Division II state champion football and wrestling teams.


Mayor Dan Marabello presided Saturday morning at his first Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, an annual event that started in 1988. This year's ceremony featured Randy Chambers, area director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the guest speaker, and included tributes to Milford High School's Division II state champion football and wrestling teams.

It was the 21st annual prayer breakfast for the mayor of Milford, but the first with anyone other than Ronnie Rogers, who Marabello unseated in last year's election, at the head table.

"I feel truly blessed," Marabello said. "There are people who, when I moved here, were just names in the paper. Now, I consider them friends."

The breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. at the Milford Senior Center, featured Bill Davis as master of ceremonies. Members of the MHS football and wrestling teams, along with their coaches, were the guests of honor. Karen Fitzgerald, Charles McNally, John Harris and Dave Carter read from the Bible and led the assembled civil servants, businesspeople and civic leaders in prayer.

Head Football Coach Mike Tkach used his time at the podium tot alk about the role of prayer in his team.

"We never pray for a win," he said. "We pray for the strength to do our best."

"As I look at the community out here, you're the reason we're successful," Head Wrestling Coach Don Parsley said.

Milford's state legislators - Reps. V. George Carey (R-36) and Bob Walls (D-33), and Sen. Gary Simpson (R-18) were also on hand to pay tribute to the teams.

"Your legacy will be what you do beyond high school," Simpson said. "The compassion in your hearts, your ability to be a good father and provide for your family."