Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard invites the public to attend the annual Mayor’s Unity Breakfast, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 21, 2019, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Hamilton’s, 110 North East Street, Jacksonville, Illinois.   

 Mayor Ezard announced today that the annual Mayor’s Unity Breakfast will feature two keynote speakers, Michael Phelon and Michael May. Both speakers are associated with The Outlet in Springfield, Illinois, which is a faith-based organization that focuses on mentoring fatherless boys ages 8-22.

 Michael Phelon is the founder of The Outlet, located in Springfield, IL.  Since 2004, Mr. Phelon has worked with The Outlet and its great volunteer team impacting central Illinois.  The Outlet recruits, trains and matches mentors with unserved male youth.  Michael’s sports background and growing up in a single parent home after 9th grade gives him the fire and passion to see the best in the young men in the program.  Michael is living proof that God can take a broken boy and turn him into a man of integrity and excellence – men who lead movements and have positive impact in the community.  An alumnus of the University of South Alabama, Mr. Phelon currently is employed as the Program Coordinator for the Open Door Mentorship Program at Lincoln Land Community College.  The Open Door Mentorship Program aims to provide minority male students with strategic job mentoring opportunities to ‘try on’ various careers that exist within the community. 

Michael Phelon and his wife, Rikeesha, have two children; Kingston, 8, and Mary, 6.  Michael’s background spans youth development, marketing, project management and web design.  He loves God, computers, robotics, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

 Michael May, has been a mentor and board member with The Outlet since 2014.  He currently is the Director of Programming at The Outlet where he creates and coordinates programs such as Music with a Message and Hoop Journey Basketball.  He believes music and sports help bridge the gap between adults and youth. 

Michael May and his wife, Arkeitha, have one child, Cameron.  Mr. May also is the owner of Street Light DJ Service, a local DJ business.  Michael is an active member of Koke Mill Christian Church where he serves as a Small Group Leader, Usher and Mutimedia Volunteer.  Michael says The Outlet allows him to practice his faith daily.  He believes the Lord has gifted him with the ability to connect with the fatherless youth of the Springfield area; and, through this connection, Michael serves supporting the youth in identifying their worth, purpose and dreams.    

Once again, the Mayor’s Unity Breakfast starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 21st at Hamilton’s, 110 North East Street, Jacksonville, IL.  Cost of the breakfast is $10 and reservations are recommended by calling Mayor Ezard’s office at 217.479.4610.  For more information, please phone Mayor Ezard’s office or contact Anna Belle Blue at 217.245.9367 or Peggy Howlett at 217.370.0948.  Tickets will be available at the door, however, reservations are recommended.  The doors will open at 7 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.