Restoring Hope Gala Event Information

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Welcome to the event page for our 3rd Annual Restoring Hope Gala! Join us for a night of food, music, and inspiration while benefiting the operations of St. John’s Homeless Shelter and The Micah Center! A silent auction and live auction will provide supporters with the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items. 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)

The Evening:
5pm – Cocktails and Silent Auction
6:30pm – Dinner served
7pm – Program with Liz Murray
7:45pm – Live Auction begins 


Tickets cost $75 each or purchase a table of 8 for $500. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (920) 664-4409. Tickets can also be purchase at the following locations:

  • Micah Center: 700 East Walnut Street, Green Bay
  • Capital Credit Union- Main: 825 Morris Avenue, Green Bay
  • Capital Credit Union- East: 201 West St. Joseph Street, Green Bay
  • Capital Credit Union- West: 406 Cardinal Lane, Howard

Corporate sponsorships are available for individuals and companies buying an 8-person table. In exchange for a table, the entity will receive recognition in both written and verbal form the night of the event.

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

Liz Murray: Despite all odds, Liz Murray emerged from being a homeless teen to attend Harvard University. Her childhood was defined by extreme truancy and an eventful dropout, and parents who struggled with drug addiction and schizophrenia. By 15, Liz was alone and homeless on the streets of New York. Yet, Liz’s inspiring story highlights how self-determination can overcome circumstances.

The inspiration behind the Lifetime movie “Homeless to Harvard”, Liz’s story shows how a young child in a family struggling with extreme dysfunction can overcome the odds and succeed. Liz will quickly note that despite the dysfunction, love was still present. Living check to check on the welfare system, Liz and her sister saw most of the family’s income go to feed her parents’ addiction. Still, she is quoted in an ABC News article, stating “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, Liz spent many nights in the stairwells of places she felt safe and found solace in the pages of her journal. After her mother died of AIDS, Liz felt her mother’s presence and knew her mother wanted her to succeed and excel in school. Liz enrolled in an alternative school in Manhattan and completed 4 years of schooling in two while writing an essay that was submitted to Harvard. She ended up earning a scholarship to attend.

Though it sounds like a fairytale, but there was no magic wand that erased the past and Liz 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. “

St. John’s Homeless Shelter is thrilled to have Liz Murray as the keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Restoring Hope Gala as well as at a luncheon for the homeless community earlier in the day.

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. After a break from radio, he is back and is the new voice for Y100.

Michelle Melby: Michelle is the co-anchor for FOX 11 News. Michelle and her husband are the proud parents of three young children. 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.