The annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Van Buren will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons at Van Buren High School.
Tickets are $15 and available at Swaim Office Products, Joseph Rhodes State Farm and Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Master of ceremonies will be Brad Martin while Pastor Doug Young of the Community Bible Church - Van Buren Campus will give the invocation and Maci Dorrough and Mattilyne Baker, Parkview Elementary School K-Kids, will sing the National Anthem.
Parkview K-Kids will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kiwanis President Tonia Fry said proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon help support the Kiwanis Club and its efforts to promote character and leadership skills with the K-Kids programs in Van Buren elementary schools.
Walt Coleman III, National Football League referee and family operator of Hiland Dairy in Little Rock, will be the guest speaker at the annual luncheon.
Coleman, who will be introduced by Mayor Bob Freeman, will share his experiences and observations about the game of football and life.
Officiating in the NFL since 1989, Coleman has refereed 26 years of pre-season and regular season games, nine divisional playoffs, six wild card playoffs and two conference championships and was an alternate in Super Bowls XXXIV and XLII.
Coleman said he has been “applauded by hundreds and booed by millions,” and thanks to television, has annually visited nearly every home in America since he began his officiating career. He referees wearing number 65.
Since 1974, Coleman has been a fifth-generation participant in the dairy business, and currently serves as controller at Hiland Dairy. Walt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Arkansas.
Coleman lives in Little Rock with his wife Cynthia and is active in the Little Rock community, serving on a variety of boards and associations.
All pastors attending the lunch will offer a special prayer for the mayor before Pastor Rodney Porter of Momentum Church of Van Buren will give the closing prayer.