Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast to features speakers: Ehrmann, Borland speak


The 16th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is scheduled 7-8:30 a.m. March 31 at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The breakfast, which originated through the efforts of Los Altos residents, features Christian leaders offering their testimonies on the power of faith and prayer as vital elements of a meaningful and vibrant life.

Speakers include Joe Ehr-mann, a coach, community leader and former professional football player, and Tim Borland, president of Race for Good. Ehrmann and Borland will speak on “Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life,” drawing from their personal experiences and commitments to making a difference in the lives of others. Several other Silicon Valley government and business leaders are scheduled to participate.

Ehrmann played professional football for the Baltimore Colts for 13 years and received the Colts’ Man of the Year award. Parade Magazine named him the “Most Important Coach in America” due to his efforts to change the culture of sports, and the Institute for International Sports honored him as one of its 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. For his work in improving the well-being of children by helping fathers become more responsible to their families, he received the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year Award. He is the subject of the New York Times best-seller “Season of Life” (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by Jeffrey Marx.

Ehrmann, with his wife, Paula, a psychotherapist, co-founded The Door, an inner-city, community-based ministry that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice, and Building Men and Women for Others.

Borland leads Race for Good in its mission to mobilize people and transform lives by connecting individuals to causes through a network of fitness-driven programs and events. His life mission is to advocate for children in need by using his gift in endurance running.

In 2007, Borland ran 63 marathons (26.2 miles each) in 63 consecutive days in 63 different communities to aid the work of the A-T Children’s Project in its fight for a cure to fatal children’s disease ataxia telangiectasia, a neurological disorder that causes degeneration in the part of the brain that controls motor movements and speech.

“We are delighted to have such inspiring speakers at this year’s event to learn about how they are using their talents and abilities to influence their communities and advocate for those in need,” said Skip Vaccarello, Los Altos resident and chairman of the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast Steering Committee. “This event promises to be one of the best and offers encouragement, inspiration and opportunities to network for those who attend.”

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast (formerly the Los Altos Prayer Breakfast) is not a fundraiser, nor is it associated with a particular church or denomination.

Tickets are $35 per person, $350 for a table of 10. For more information, visit

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