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8th Annual Advocates in Action Luncheon

Special Guest: Dave Pelzer, Bestselling author of A Child Called "It"

Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville, MI

Time: 11AM-2PM

  • 10:30AM-11AM-Private book signing for event sponsors
  • 11AM-11:30AM Auction and Raffle Opens
  • 11:30AM Lunch
  • 12PM-1PM-Ketnote address
  • 1:15PM-2PM-Book signing


 Keynote Speaker: Dave Pelzer

In a word, Dave Pelzer embodies esprit: spirit, humor & wit. As a child, his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 20 years, Dave’s inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions.

Dave has experienced a truly extraordinary life. At age 12 Dave was rescued and placed in a series of foster homes until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 18.  Some of Dave’s distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through several prestigious awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group including: John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft and Christopher Reeves. In 1994, Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World! In 1996, he carried the coveted Centennial flame for the Olympic Games. Dave was paid tribute as the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award. Other alumni of this award include Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor and Bob Hope.

Dave is a living testament of a self-made man, who as an optimist strongly exudes resilience, service to mankind, personal responsibility and faith in humanity. Dave’s unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his “Robin Williams” like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage all of us to truly commit to overcome any challenge while living life to its fullest. For over two decades, Dave has dedicated his life to helping others…to help themselves. 

Following today’s presentation, Dave’s books: A Child Called “It”, The Lost Boy, and A Man Named Dave will be available for purchase and Dave will be holding a book signing opportunity.




Earlier Event: April 19
Eat Bread Raise Dough!