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2017 Celebration of Education Gala
September 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Wanda Durant, affectionately known as Mama Durant, “The Real MVP” is a strong leader, advocate, and philanthropist whose passion is to help single mothers, women, and children. She is the mother of two incredibly successful sons, businessman, Anthony (Tony) Durant and NBA MVP star, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors. Today, she travels the country sharing her inspiring life experiences with her audiences.
At the age of 18, Wanda became a teenage mother giving birth to her first child, Anthony. After marrying his father, Wanda, at 21, gave birth to Kevin. Before Kevin’s first birthday, Wanda became a single mother. Inspired by her young sons and knowing God would lead their way, she dedicated her life to her children’s formative years, ultimately sacrificing her own aspirations to ensure a solid foundation for her sons’ future success.
After years of raising her sons, witnessing their incredible success and more than a two-decade career with the federal government, Wanda became overwhelmed with a long-ignored desire to find her purpose beyond being a mother. Her dream was realized to become an inspirational speaker, inspiring women, single mothers, and children to follow their dreams and set life goals.
As President and CEO of HDBA, LLC (Hope, Dream, Believe, Achieve), she shares her message of empowerment with people from all walks of life, in addition to corporations, non-profit organizations, communities, faith-based organizations and youth groups. It is Wanda’s passion to guide her audience to realize that the hope is still alive inside, encourage them to dream, and help them truly believe they can achieve the future they want.
Individual Lucy Award Recipients: Frank and Paula Harshaw The Louisville community is blessed to have this dynamic duo creating positive change for individuals and families. Frank established TrueUp in 2011, to ensure youth in foster care gain the critical life skills needed to successfully transition to independent living. Frank and Paula have been enthusiastic supporters of FSH’s Young Adult Services for Foster Care alumni. We are grateful to have them as supporters of our mission and our families.
Corporate Lucy Award Recipient: Passport Health Plan has been a sponsor, supporter, and advocate for Family Scholar House over the past twenty years. Passport Health Plan works closely with local providers and community advocates to improve the health and quality of life of their members. Announced earlier this year, Passport Health Plan will move its headquarters to the West End – we are excited to welcome these fantastic neighbors. We are honored to partner with this organization to serve the families of our community.