Restoring Hope Gala Event Information

Welcome to the event page for our 3rd Annual Restoring Hope Gala! This page will keep you informed on the time, place, date, and so on, for our Gala. We encourage you to share and invite friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to this big event!

Date: November 3rd, 2017

Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay (2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313

Event Agenda:
5pm – Doors open
6:30pm – Dinner served
7pm – Liz Murray
7:45pm – Live Auction begins

Guest Speaker: Liz Murray, author of “Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard”

Liz Murray: Despite all odds, Liz Murray learned and rose from terrible circumstances of being a homeless teen to attend Harvard University. Sounds impossible that a teen who was truant most of the time, dropped out of school, with parents who were drug addicts, one a schizophrenic, who herself ended up homeless on the streets of New York as a 15 year old could accomplish such a feat, and yet she did. Hers is an astonishing journey and inspiring story about how the self determination of a person can overcome circumstance. Lifetime Movies found the story so compelling they made a tv movie called “From Homelessness to Harvard”. This inspirational movie tells Liz’s story and depicts her journey from being in a family that was extremely dysfunctional to overcoming the odds and succeeding. More importantly, it shows that despite the dysfunction there is love in every family and even when separated love is still there. Her family lived from one welfare check to the next and when it came most of it went to feed the addiction of her parents. Murray is quoted in an ABC News article, “People are surprised by the poverty and think that I wasn’t cared for. But that wasn’t the case—I was deeply loved.”

While homeless, much of the time she lived in stairwells of places she felt were safe, and began writing a journal. After her mother died of AIDS Murray felt her presence and knew her mother wanted her to succeed and excel in school. She got into an alternative school in Manhattan and completed 4 years of schooling in two and wrote an essay that was submitted to Harvard. Sounds like a fairytale, but there was no magic wand that erased the past and Murray struggled. The movie depicts that journey. Murray has also written a memoir, “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and my Journey from Homelessness to Harvard. “

The Shelter will also provide a free showing of the Lifetime movie “From Homelessness to Harvard” at the Downtown Library on September 25th at 6:00PM. Doors will open at 5:30PM. Admission is free.

Emcees: Shotgun Randy Shannon (Y100) and Michelle Melby (FOX 11)

Shotgun Randy Shannon: Having worked in just about every facet of radio – from cutting the grass and doing weekend overnights to every full time slot, music director, and program director; Shotgun has done it all. He co-hosted a morning show with Jesse James from 2006-2011. In mid-2011, he came back “home” to Northeast WI, and after a 4-year stint on the “tie floor” as Director of Digital Development, he’s back on the air on WNCY-Y100.

Michelle Melby: Michelle joined the WLUK team in March 2007. She is the co-anchor for FOX 11 News at Five, and FOX 11 News at Nine. Michelle and her husband are the proud parents of three young children. Michelle attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned a B.A. in Journalism. She began her career in her career in her home state of North Dakota, as a weekend anchor for KXMC-TV. Soon after, Michelle was promoted to weekday evening news anchor. In 2001, she landed in Green Bay, and was an anchor/reporter in the market for five years. She has earned several awards for her work, both in North Dakota and Wisconsin. In her spare time, Michelle is involved in figure skating and enjoys helping area skaters go for their dreams. On the weekends, she can be found near the waters of Eagle River, of Sister Bay. She also enjoys rollerblading, snow skiing and golfing with her husband.

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