Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa and Principal Financial Group proudly present inspirational speaker Doc Hendley to the stage at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. This presentation is part of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.
NIACC is proud to introduce its first Common Read selection, Wine To Water, to our students and community. Doc Hendley is a 2009 CNN Hero. He is President/Founder of the organization Wine To Water and is also a professional public speaker represented by See Agency.
“When the idea came to me to start Wine to Water the only real job experience I had was tending bar,” said Hendley, “I dreamed of building an organization that fought water related death and disease using different methods than anyone else. So, I started raising money to fight this water epidemic that best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music.
In 2003, he dreamed up the concept of his organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In February 2004, the first fundraiser was held for what would one day be Wine To Water and by August of that same year Hendley was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government supported genocide. Putting his life in peril, along with those on his team who were committed to providing clean water for the world, two of which were killed during this period, Hendley returned home with an even stronger sense of the need of clean water around the globe.
When Doc returned home in August 2005, after spending a year in Darfur, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue building the organization he started two years prior. In 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for 3 years, Wine To Water became an official 501 (c) (3) and Doc’s dream finally became a reality. He now has projects in 9 different countries around the world and has saved thousands of lives by providing humanity’s most basic need and right, clean drinking water.
Doc lives in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Amber, and two sons, Justice and Beattie. Balancing family life and the demands of building Wine to Water, Doc Hendley continues to travel to underdeveloped, war-ridden nations, working in the field to bring clean water to those in need.
The Common Read is a program designed to engage North Iowa Area Community College, its students, staff, faculty and community members, in a unified intellectual activity. For first-year students it introduces them to academic expectations, respectful discourse, and community building. The Common Read is supported by the Performing Arts and Leadership Series as well as the NIACC Foundation. First-year students have been asked to read the book as part of their Composition One requirements. This program is supported by the Academic Affairs board of the institution, and a host of individual faculty and staff members on the Common Read Committee.
For more information, visit: https://www.niacc.edu/academics/common-read/.
For tickets to the show, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.
Platinum sponsors for the 2015-2016 Performing Arts and Leadership Series include Samuel & Patricia Congello, Globe Gazette, Elizabeth Muse Norris Foundation, Iowa Arts Council, Mason City Clinic, Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa, Principal Financial Group, Sukup, and Teamquest.
Gold sponsors include Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck, Richard Dean Families, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank Belmond, Furniture/Mattress Outlet, Dean Genth & Dr. Gary Swenson, Henkel Construction Company, Historic Park Inn, Holiday Inn Express, KIMT, KGLO, North Iowa Eye Clinic P.C., North Iowa Broadcasting, Petro Blend, Stratford Foundation, and Visit Mason City.
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