Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s annual Changemakers luncheon event is a wonderful opportunity to gather together each year and celebrate the good that’s been done in the past 12 months. This year’s event is especially significant because we’ll be celebrating both Nebraska Children’s 20-year anniversary and the 10-year anniversary of the Sixpence Early Learning Fund.
We’re also looking forward to Changemakers this October 10 for another reason: the chance to hear Keynote Speaker Wes Moore tell his remarkable story.
Wes Moore is a best-selling author, decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate, and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. He is also founder of BridgeEDU, an organization that provides support to students as they navigate to higher education.
Wes is perhaps most widely known for his best-selling books, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” – which is currently being made into a major motion picture from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey – and “The Work.”
In his Changemakers remarks, Wes will tell the story of “the other Wes Moore,” a man with the same name who lived just a few blocks away from Wes but whose life took a tragically different path that eventually led to prison. Wes’s story is about how educational opportunities, community support, and other factors helped him transcend the fate of the other Wes Moore.
It’s sure to be a fascinating look at how community involvement can help keep kids from falling through the cracks – which is especially near and dear to our hearts as we reflect on 20 years of community work.
Tickets are still available for the Changemakers luncheon, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista on October 10, 2017, beginning at 11:30 a.m. If you’d like to join us and hear Wes Moore’s incredible story for yourself, visit NCChangemakers.org to purchase your ticket.