MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Women and history will be recognized at this year’s Faulkner University Annual Benefit Dinner featuring keynote speaker, Nikki R. Haley, the former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on October 3 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

For the first time in many years, the featured speaker for the red-letter event will feature a female guest and the evening’s events will provide subtle, yet distinct recognition of women, in particular their fight for the right to vote.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Congress passed the amendment on June 4, 1919 and it was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Faulkner University would like to give homage to their efforts as a part of the night’s program in addition to recognizing the inspiring stories of mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and daughters of today who continually make a difference in our world through their sacrifices, love and kindness.

“At our annual Benefit Dinner, we like to include elements of recognition,” said Billy Camp, Associate Vice President for Advancement. “We like to honor individuals or groups of individuals, with one criteria; shine a light where their deeds typically live in shadows. We edify good works, works of love, caring, heroism and service.”

Haley has continually proven herself to be a champion of human rights, education reform and defending American interests.

She challenged human rights violators across the globe, standing up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia. During the U.S presidency of the UN Security Council, she hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights. She traveled the world visiting people oppressed by their own governments to see firsthand the challenges they face and to work with them directly on life-improving solutions—from Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, to internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, to Venezuelan migrants walking miles every day to cross the Colombian border for food and medicine.

Over the years, Faulkner has brought renowned politicians, journalists, athletes, coaches, comedians and astronauts to speak in Montgomery. Haley will bring her Southern appeal as a native of South Carolina and her international experience on current issues from the United Nations to the River Region for what will be an exciting night.

Tickets to hear Haley speak are on sale now at Proceeds from the dinner go to support the university, and student scholarships in particular.

“Our annual Benefit Dinner is really the signature event of the university. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase our outstanding academic programs and our distinctive Christian mission and the investment we are trying to make into this community,” said Faulkner President Mike Williams. “The most important outcome of the dinner is that we raise money for students to give them more scholarships in order to provide them with a transformative experience and to prepare the new emerging generation to make a tremendous difference in our world.”

About Faulkner

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the new College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile and online.

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Rebecca Burylo

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Faulkner University



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