Wednesday, April 29
~ Reception 6:30 p.m. (Cash Bar)
~ Dinner and Awards Ceremony 7:00 p.m.
1772 Indian Wood Circle • Maumee, Ohio
Tickets: $100 per person
Public Interest Law Award: Matthew Reger, Esq.
Community Advocacy Award: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo
Community Advocacy Award: Phyllis Morton
Featured Speaker: Jeannette Walls
Critics have called Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, “spectacular,” “extraordinary,” “incredible,” and “riveting.” It has been a New York Times best-seller for more than four years, has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, and is translated into 22 languages. It was named one of the “Top 10 Books of the Decade” by Amazon, and has won numerous awards. This inspirational book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development, and poverty. Walls has spoken at colleges, corporations, and business associations about overcoming hardship and the keys to turning adversity to your advantage.
Honoring extraordinary service in the public interest by individuals and organizations in northwest Ohio. Walls will discuss her experiences growing up in extreme poverty and the problems that plagued her family, and how she was able to break free of a destructive lifestyle and become a successful journalist. Jeannette and her siblings lived in a series of cars, tents, or leaky-roofed houses without heat. They foraged for food in farmers’ fields and trash cans, wore cast-off clothing, and bathed so infrequently as to attract the scorn of schoolmates. Their unstructured life and economic deprivation are partly a product of their father’s alcoholism, and partly a result of their mother’s free-spiritedness, which often bordered on mental illness.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO)
Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program
For more information, contact Patti Robb at 419-930-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.