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8TH ANNUAL HEROES OF A PRECIOUS CHILD LUNCHEON
Presented by The Safeway Foundation
Presented by The Safeway Foundation
Our Annual Heroes of A Precious Child Luncheon brings together business leaders, community members and elected officials as we honor individuals currently making a difference in the lives of children in need, and will inspire others to learn more about A Precious Child and the important work we do.
The 2022 luncheon will be a hybrid event, with some guests attending in person and some virtually. The program will feature inspirational stories from children and families we’ve had the privilege of serving. This event is one of our most significant fundraisers of the year and brings together hundreds of business leaders, community members and elected officials to learn more about A Precious Child and our vital role in the community. As a sponsor, your company will join like-minded business leaders by supporting the work we do to provide opportunities and resources to children in need.
Keynote Speaker – Antwone Fisher
Presented by FTI Consulting & Carlyn Taylor
Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He lived two years in a caring foster home but was removed and suffered twelve years of abuse at the hands of his new foster family. Unable to land another home for him, at age 14, he was relocated to a penal institution for teenage boys in western Pennsylvania where he remained until he graduated high school at 17. Emancipated from foster care, Antwone found himself in the world alone and homeless, living on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.
Antwone set on a path of healing when he entered the United States Navy, where he served his country for eleven years; nine years at sea, two ashore, four deployments and one forward deployment duty, stationed aboard the USS St. Louis LKA 116. Antwone was awarded or earned the following ribbons and medals while serving on active duty: Navy E Ribbon, Two (2) Navy Good Conduct medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. A U.S. Navy veteran, Antwone Fisher was appointed to the honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy, on October 5, 2009. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. military at the rank of E-5 (SH2), Antwone became a Federal Correctional Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and after three years of service, he took a job with Sony Pictures Studios and worked as a Sony Security Officer for eight months before he began writing the screenplay for his own story.
Antwone has worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for more than twenty-six years with an impressive fifteen film writing projects, script doctoring or script consultant assignments with the major studios. Among those film projects are, Rush Hour, ATL and the classic feature film, Antwone Fisher, directed by and starring Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.
Antwone garnered numerous nominations and awards for his screenplay, Antwone Fisher, including a Nomination for Writers Guild of America West (Screen) Best Original Screenplay and Winner of the Humanitas Prize, AFI Movie of the year, ShoWest Screenwriter of the Year, National Association of Theater Owners, Christopher Award, and the NAACP Award, Outstanding Motion Picture Award. Further, the film, Antwone Fisher, is part of the national film registry at the U.S. Library of Congress.
Antwone’s first book, Finding Fish: A Memoir, chronicles his inspiring story and became a New York Times and National Bestseller. Antwone has taught in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television as well as the UCLA Extension Writers Program. On May 10, 2003, Antwone Fisher L.H.D. received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Cleveland State University.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Kallie Valdez, Events Manager by phone 303.466.4272 x124 or via email, KallieValdez@APreciousChild.org.