Mayor's Prayer Breakfast



38th Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, November 17, 2016 :: 7 AM
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave, Buena Park 90620.

This annual event, sponsored by the Buena Park Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee and Milly and Steve Knott, gives local clergy and area residents an opportunity to congregate and share an inspirational message to begin each holiday season.

This year, the City of Buena Park Mayor Fred Smith invites the public to experience the  passionate insight of Rudy Ruettiger at the 2016 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Ed Arnold, Buena Park’s “Honorary Mayor,” returns as Master of Ceremonies. The event also includes a non-denominational ceremony, and a musical program featuring powerful soprano soloist, Chelsea Vongehr.

Keynote Address Speaker Rudy Ruettiger
Rising above extraordinary obstacles is never easy, but with fierce determination and unendingRudyRuettiger_HeadshotWeb perseverance, it’s possible. Rudy Ruettiger, a charismatic motivational speaker with a no-quit attitude, knows first hand that the way to achieving goals is to not give up, despite naysayers and criticism.

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, in 27 seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success.

Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish.

As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders.

In 1993, TRISTAR Productions commemorated his life story with the blockbuster film, “Rudy.” Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us “Hoosiers,” the critically acclaimed “Rudy” received "Two Thumbs Up" from Siskel and Ebert, and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Musical Guest Chelsea Vongehr
CV_02_Headshot_webChelsea Vongehr, soprano, is a graduate from the Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Vocal Performance, where she received merit scholarships for academics and music. Chelsea has performed throughout the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with the San Joaquin Chorale and the Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir in such performances as Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” Additionally, Chelsea has sung with the Westminster Choir College during their Summer Choral Festival’s 2010 performance of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”

As a soprano soloist, Chelsea has performed the roles of “The First Lady” in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” (The Magic Flute), “Pitti-Sing” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” and “Leticia” in Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” Chelsea’s musical achievements also include the Fresno Musical Club’s Fresno Young Vocalist Award in 2008 and 2012.

Chelsea continues to sing at local events, while serving as an Associate and State Lobbyist with Townsend Public Affairs, Inc.


Tickets are $20 and $200 for a table of ten and are available October 3 at Buena Park City Hall 2nd Floor, 6650 Beach Blvd. and the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd.

Please purchase your tickets by November 10. Tickets are pre-sale only and will not be available at the door.

For more information please call contact us at (714) 562-3550 or

Download the Invitation here.   Download the Event flyer here.


Event Sponsorships are available and donations are always welcome! Download sponsorship information here.

The Buena Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is presented by Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee - a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization.
Donations are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Federal Tax ID available upon request.


Knott Family

EDCO  (Park Disposal)
McAuley LCX Corporation



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