The Pierce County Prayer Breakfast is held on the first friday in May each year at the Tacoma Dome Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington. This years date is May, 6, 2016 with special guest speaker Clebe McClary.
Patrick Cleburne “Clebe” McClary was raised on a 10,000 acre plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. Young Clebe grew up hunting, fishing, and excelling at sports. After fulfilling his dream of becoming a college coach, Clebe had plans to marry a bautiful Southern belle. Life was good.
But only weeks before the wedding, Clebe witnessed a startling event on a college campus that changed the course of his life forever – the burning of an American flag by students protesting the Vietnam conflict. Dismayed by the lack of support for the country he loved, Clebe resigned from his coaching position and volunteered for duty in the Marine Corps. Completing officers training school in Quantico, Virginia, First Lt. McClary said goodbye to his bride and became platoon leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam.
On his 19th recon patrol, deep in hostile territory, Clebe and his unit engaged in hand to hand combat with the enemy. Suffering devastating injuries, which included the loss of his left arm and left eye, Clebe continued to lead his men.
Clebe’s valiant battle with the pain and disabilities that followed is nothing short of amazing. He spent over two years in military hospitals, undergoing over 30 major surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. Since then Clebe has used his powerful story of courage, determination and strength to motivate audiences the world over.
We look forward to seeing you at the Pierce County Prayer Breakfast in 2016. Please consider sponsoring a table for the 2016 breakfast. We are looking for businesses, organizations, and private individuals to sponsor tables. Invite associates, employees, customers and friends. This is a great way to meet and network with others from the community who are attending the breakfast.
If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to GTCLO and mailed to the P.O. box below.:
P.O. Box 989
Tacoma, Wa. 98401