2017 William Booth Society Dinner

  • 2017 William Booth Society Dinner

    Navy SEAL & author of “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell to be Featured Speaker at William Booth Society Dinner

    Marcus Luttrell, who authored the 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor,  awed the attendees at the 2017 24th Annual William Booth Society Dinner on Tuesday, April 11 at the Cox Business Center.

    Marcus Luttrell

    Luttrell’s book tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain. A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism and community that forged these American heroes, Lone Survivor is an incredible account of teamwork, fortitude and modern warfare. In January 2014, Luttrell’s amazing story made the leap to the big screen with the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock) and starring Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) as Luttrell. The film celebrated a historic open, earning the second biggest January debut of all time.

    Luttrell took the audience from the rigors of SEAL training and what it takes to join the America’s elite fighting force, to the battle on the mountain, into his family’s experience of community support and generosity, and back to his own incredible story of survival and grace. In powerful narrative, he gave a rich account of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, community and destiny. In his emotionally raw account, Luttrell honored the memories of all those who died, sharing the incredible bravery, courage and honor of these extraordinary warriors.

    The William Booth Society Dinner, named for The Salvation Army’s founder, is the largest source of funding for outreach programs that include the Center of Hope homeless shelter, Christmas assistance, and the six area Boys & Girls Clubs.

    Marnie & Shane Fernandez

    Marnie and Shane Fernandez were chairs of this year’s dinner. Their Committee included: Mitch & Melinda Adwon, Pat Baldwin, Billie & Howard Barnett, Konnie Boulter, John Bowen, Jayme Cox, Sheila Curley, Camille Nassar, Emily & Todd Perkins, Cassie Reese, LouAnn Smith and Steve & Dede Soulé.

    Past speakers for the dinner include: Tony Dungy, Deborah Norville, Paul Harvey, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, Tim Russert, Steve Forbes, President Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning and Bob Costas.

    The date and speaker for the 2018 dinner will be announced soon.