The Pathways Christian Fellowship of Bradenton, Florida will honor Dr. Edwina Mitchell Stanley, at its Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Prayer Breakfast on May 7, 2016. Dr. Stanley will receive the “Beacon Of Light” award for her longtime community service and volunteer work within the churches and service organizations of this community. The award recognizes those who have lived out the scripture found at Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Dr. Edwina Mitchell Stanley is the daughter of the late Reverend Eddie L. Mitchell and Dr. Addie S. Mitchell, a retired professor at Morehouse College. She received her early education at the Atlanta University Laboratory School and was an honor graduate of the historic Booker T. Washington High School. She received her Bachelors degree from Fisk University. Following graduation, she began her career with the Sarasota County, Florida School District where she served with distinction, initially as a music teacher, choral director, and later a High School Administrator. She continued her formal education by earning a Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and the Doctorate of Educational Administration degree from Atlanta University. She was named Teacher of The Year at three different schools during her career. Throughout her long and distinguished career Dr. Stanley has served the community as a private piano teacher, church musician, tutor and mentor for many years. She has used her musical talents and academics skills to help many students and organizations achieve success in this community. Dr. Stanley has distinguished herself as a God fearing leader in the community by serving as president of many community organizations, namely Church Women United, East Bradenton Women’s Club, Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Lambda Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Sarasota Chapter of The Holidays, Incorporated, Suncoast Chapter For The Arts of The Society, Incorporated, and as Director of the Gulf Coast Community Choir. She also serves as music consultant to churches and school groups. Since her retirement in 2004, she has traveled extensively and found much joy in spoiling her two grandchildren, Zachary and Chloe. Her life is further enriched by serving as the primary caregiver for her mother who is the source of her inspiration. She was married for twenty-seven years to the late Willie J. Stanley, and they have two children, Quentin and Nakisha. The Mother’s Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9:00 A.M. on May 7, 2016 at the Pathways Christian Fellowship Center, 329 6th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Tickets are $25.00. Call 748-0509 or 356-1887 to make reservations.