Mayor Morrissey to speak at RUM annual dinner

Mayor Larry Morrissey will be the guest speaker at Rockford Urban Ministries’ 43rd Annual Dinner Thursday, June 23, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd. (at North Alpine). The dinner will be at 6 p.m., and the program will follow at 7 p.m.

Rockford Urban Ministries is the outreach of 26 churches in the Rockford area. It was founded in 1962 by the Rockford District superintendent of the United Methodists, and provides mission programs, a work camp experience and a way for congregations to get involved in ministry.

Morrissey is a community activist born and raised in Rockford, who graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in the top 10 of his class. He received a B.A. at the University of Notre Dame in 1991, graduating magna cum laude, and obtained a law degree at the University of Illinois Law School in 1995. He worked in Chicago, but moved back to Rockford in 1997 to work as an attorney for his father Joseph Morrissey’s law firm. He has worked with revitalizing downtown Rockford and, in the April 2005 election, became Mayor of Rockford.

Dinner reservations are $20 per person, $30 for “angels” who wish to contribute more. Vegetarian dinners are available upon request, and all are welcome. The program at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. Reservations should be sent by June 20 to: Rockford Urban Ministries’ Annual Dinner, c/o Leigh Lakey, 301 Dawn Ave., Rockford, IL 61107.

For more information, call Rockford Urban Ministries at (815) 964-7111.

From the June 15-21, 2005, issue

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