The 37th Anniversary Benefit
Keynote Speaker: Carole Geithner
We were honored to have Carole Geithner, author of If Only, as our keynote speaker at this year’s anniversary Benefit. Ms. Geithner was a very eloquent speaker who talked about the loss of her mother at a young age and how this tragic event helped to shape her path to becoming an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at George Washington School of Medicine where she teaches a class in listening skills to medical students. She also works extensively with children who have experienced the death of a parent, and adults whose childhoods were shaped by parent loss. We thoroughly enjoyed Carole as she discussed how this event changed her life.
Master of Ceremonies: David Gregory
David Gregory the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent of the Bush presidency, reporting regularly on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, for NBC News 24-hour cable network MSNBC and on MSNBC.com. Gregory was host of Race for the White House and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before being named host of Meet the Press in December 2008. Since joining NBC News in 1995, Gregory has covered nearly every major story for the network, from the O.J. Simpson trial to the trial of Timothy McVeigh, from the impeachment of President Clinton to the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome. He was named one of Washington’s 50 best and most influential journalists and, along with his colleagues, won an Emmy for coverage of President Reagan’s death and funeral.
The 2012 Wendt Hero Award Recipent
The 2012 Wendt Hero Award was presented to Dottie Ward-Wimmer, a retired Wendt Center Children’s Counselor who spearheaded the start of our children’s services.