SAN RAMON -- The 24th annual Valley Leadership Prayer Breakfast takes place Friday, March 29 (Good Friday) from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel, 2600 Bishop Drive in San Ramon.

This breakfast is patterned after a "prayer breakfast group" idea believed to have first taken hold in 1935 in Seattle, where businessmen gathered to face a critical situation in their city. It took on a higher profile in 1953, when President Eisenhower initiated the first National Prayer Breakfast, in large measure to receive spiritual uplifting not only from God, but from fellow government leaders.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Patti Rose, an addiction specialist at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, who overcame problems in her own life to offer help to others, including inmates of the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy and other prisons.

Gospel musicians Chuck and Jodi Aldredge will provide the music.

Although invitations are sent to previous attendees as well as to elected and appointed government officials and business leaders, the breakfast is open to everyone. Advance reservations are required, however.

Tickets are $27.50 per person. For information about tickets or about the breakfast itself, call Marsha Walker at 925-360-3476 or e-mail her at mcorbettwalker@sbcglobal.net