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Prayer breakfast Thursday
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Preparing for Thursday’s Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast are, from left, Bev Marlow, Judy Vasquez, and Damon Knight. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Phil Waterford – the owner of Manteca Ford-Mercury who openly strives to interweave his Christian faith and principles in his business – is the keynote speaker for the 44th annual Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast.

The prayer breakfast takes place Thursday, May 6, from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $10. Breakfast is served at 6 a.m. with the program running from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Despite the slow economy that has been particularly rough on auto sales, Waterford has repeatedly opened his heart and pockets to help others.

This past year he served a Christmas morning breakfast for the needy that brought hundreds upon hundreds of people into his North Main Street dealership to break bread.

He was moved by the sacrifice of war veterans during last year’s Memorial Day event that he presented a brand new Ford Focus to a Vietnam veteran whose car was on its last legs. Waterford simply said it was his way of saying thanks for the freedoms and liberties that American soldiers have secured for him and others. He gave cash to other veterans.

Those are a few of the numerous acts of charity driven by his Christian faith.

Tickets are available from Jay Holmes at 239-9294, Arleen Sevor at 823-5356, Lois Page at 823-6496, and Judy Vasquez at 823-6644.