Inspirational Keynote Speaker Christopher Gardner Inspires the Audience at JFS Executive Luncheon

21-Jun-2012 | News-Press Release

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) recently held their eighth annual Executive Luncheon fundraising event where they enjoyed a powerful and inspirational keynote address by Christopher Gardner. The sold out crowd consisted of about 650 business and professional leaders and the event raised a record breaking amount of money. Money raised supports all programs of JFS, including mental health counseling, senior and adult in-home care, disability and employment services, and family safety net services.

Jewish Family Service (JFS) is a nonprofit community agency providing a wide array of human services to individuals and families throughout metro Denver and Boulder. With a mission to restore well-being to the vulnerable by delivering services based on Jewish values, JFS provides support to all; regardless of race, religious affiliation, gender, age, income, or sexual orientation.

Christopher Gardner is a motivational speaker and author of the book-turned-movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is a powerful and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. He shared his powerful story of being a homeless single father that Will Smith portrayed in the movie about his life in 2006.

Gardner also talked about his feelings on parenthood: “When I was five, I made the promise to myself that I would be there for my kids. Becoming a parent was the most important thing in my life because I grew up without a dad and a stepdad who reminded me constantly that he wasn’t my father.” He poignantly related his life story to the work that JFS does. Gardner received a standing ovation and attendees clamored to meet him at the VIP photo reception following the luncheon.

Christopher Gardner
Christopher Gardner is an avid motivational and aspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. He is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations.

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