The RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee recently decided to suspend its prayer breakfast for 2009 at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Dec.1-3, due to a concern for obtaining sufficient sponsor support during this recessionary period.

”We would have had to commit to a speaker several months ago when the economic outlook was not as positive as it is now,” said event coordinator Carl Pletcher. ”It was then we decided to take a one-year break from the usual schedule and not make that financial commitment at this time, but rather put our resources toward holding a quality event next year that will be consistent with our high standards.”

With the RV industries struggling to keep afloat, many businesses have not had the ability to give to charitable causes at their normal levels, including the RVI prayer breakfast, Pletcher said .

With the recovery on the horizon, long-time loyal sponsors will be in a better position to support the prayer breakfast next year, he said. It is anticipated that the event will again be held in conjunction with the annual Louisville Show in 2010.

Parties interested in sponsoring the prayer breakfast for next year can do so by contacting Pletcher at 574-522-4366 or sending donations to the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast, 56771 Wedgewood S., Elkhart, Ind., 46516.

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