A Day of Prayer Turned to a Day of Connection

ABC Members feel a sense of belonging at the first Prayer Breakfast

“I have been a devout Christian all my life,” said Tad Martin, owner of TMX Contracting. “Gathering for an early morning breakfast at ABC and breaking bread with people of the same beliefs, values and morals is an inspiring start to my day.”
On a very early morning in May, ABC staff rushed to the Freedom Room before the sun had even begun to shine to get breakfast cooking for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast. Bacon, eggs and pancakes were laid out for hungry construction workers seeking enlightenment before their day.
ABC president and CEO, Keith Ledbetter knew he wanted two things out of this breakfast. The first was to have an open place for ABC members to celebrate their faith and the second was for the Freedom Room to smell like bacon for five days. The event fulfilled both wishes.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The day exists to mobilize the Christian community to pray for America’s national, state and local leaders. With all the current day challenges facing our industry and our country, ABC SEMI is providing an opportunity for people of faith to come together to take part in this occasion in our own unique way.
ABC members who attended enjoyed the ability to connect on deeper grounds. Evan Gaertner, senior pastor at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church led them through a prayer workshop, designed to give everyone a deeper understanding of the meaning of prayer.
Tony Datillio, president of The Summit Company felt a great connection to his faith and those around him at the end of the event.
“I pray a lot for myself, my family, the business and it’s led me through some difficult times. After COVID, we were searching for business and I turned to prayer, which helped lead us to some remarkable projects to work on,” Datillio said. “I feel a lot of people in this room today often do what I do. It was refreshing to come together and pray for the construction industry.”
We want to thank our sponsors: Diamond Shine Concrete, Lighthouse Group, TMX Contracting and The Summit Company. The National Day of Prayer Breakfast will be back next year on May 2, 2024.