Our signature fundraising event, our Keys Children's Foundation Luncheon is held every January and features a Keynote Speaker who shares our committment to improving the lives and situations of the children in our community. We are thrilled to announce our 2019 speaker, Erin Gruwell, Educator and Founder, The Freedom Writers Foundation. Please join us on January 21, 2019 to learn more about Erin and the Freedom Writers Foundation

About The Freedom Writers Foundation:
The Freedom Writers phenomenon came about in 1994 when Erin Gruwell began her first teaching job out of college. Long Beach, California, was still reeling from the deadly violence that erupted during the Rodney King riots, and the kids in Erin's classroom reflected the anger, resentment, and hopelessness of their community. Undaunted, Erin fostered an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, tolerance, and communication, and in the process, she transformed her students' lives, as well as her own. Erin and the Freedom Writers went on to establish the Freedom Writers Foundation to replicate the success of her first class, and provide all students with hope and opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then, the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the US and Canada.

Previous speakers have included:
2018 - Steve Pemberton, author of "A Chance in this World"
2017 - Liz Murray, author of "Homeless to Harvard - The Liz Murray Story"
2016 - Athlete Jason Taylor
Athlete Annika Sorenstam
Author of "The Blind Side" Leeann Twohey