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Harmony House to host 11th Hometown Breakfast

February 17, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless will welcome Marshall University great Tamar Slay later this month at its annual fundraiser and awards breakfast event.

The 11th annual Hometown Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the St. Mary’s Conference Center in Huntington.

Slay, a former NBA player, 2012 Marshall University Hall of Famer and Beckley, West Virginia, native, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Slay played for the New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats and now runs We Got Next, a nonprofit that uses basketball to help underprivileged youth become successful leaders. He will be introduced by his former coach, Greg White.

The Hometown Breakfast is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, and also serves to honor those who gave their time and talents to Harmony House in 2018. This year’s award winners are: Traci Strickland, Heart for the Homeless; Marianna Linz, Volunteer of the Year; First Presbyterian Church, Community Partner of the Year; and Little Caesar’s South Point, Business Partner of the Year. Harmony House will also honor Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert with the newly created Community Innovator Award, according to a news release.

Strickland, director of Homeless Programs for Prestera Center, has been working in homeless programs in Huntington and Charleston for more than 20 years. In her free time, she packs