Keith Thibodeaux — Played “Little Ricky Ricardo” on I Love LucyKeith Thibodeaux first came to national attention as the drum-playing son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on the now classic "I Love Lucy" show. Hailed as a child prodigy, Keith started drumming at the age of two. His abilities led him to a national tour at the age of three, a starring role as "Little Ricky Ricardo" and various acting stints on television, including The Andy Griffith Show, Route 66, The Shirley Temple Playhouse, Hazel, and many more. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball discovered Keith and hired him for the starring role as "Little Ricky Ricardo" because he looked so much like Desi. Since Thibodeaux's last name is Cajun French and "difficult to pronounce," Desi Arnaz changed the young actor's name to Richard Keith for the show. While attending the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Keith joined and recorded with the then mainstream rock band, "David and the Giants." Keith left the group after several years, but, following his (and fellow band members) Christian conversion, the band regrouped under the same name and went on to become one of the nation’s top contemporary Christian music groups. As a drummer, singer, and songwriter for the Dove nominated "David and the Giants," Keith toured extensively for 10 years in the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and England, recording 9 albums before leaving the group in 1989 to pursue other interests. He has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, People, Saturday Evening Post, Modern Drummer, CCM, and Classic Drummer Magazine. He has also been a guest on NBC's The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, CBS's Good Morning America and The O'Reilly Show. In January of 1991, he joined his wife Kathy on the road with Ballet Magnificat! and in 1993, Keith became Executive Director. In addition to his current responsibilities at Ballet Magnificat!, Keith still finds time for the drums and recording. Keith's book, Life After Lucy, tells the story of his life as Little Ricky on the I Love Lucy show, and subsequent spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ.
Franklin Graham — Christian Evangelist, Son of Billy Graham, Author of Through My Father’s EyesThrough My Father's Eyes takes an intimate look at Billy Graham's incredible life and unstoppable calling through the unique perspective of his son, Franklin. As a beloved evangelist and a respected man of God, Billy Graham's stated purpose in life never wavered: to help people find a personal relationship with God through a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This was a calling that only increased over time, and Billy embraced it fully throughout his active ministry and beyond. Yet Billy pursued his life's work, as many men do, amid a similarly significant calling to be a loving husband and father. While most people knew Billy Graham as America's Pastor, Franklin Graham knew him in a different way, as a Dad. And while present and future generations will come to their own conclusions about Billy Graham and the legacy that his commitment to Christ has left behind, no one can speak more insightfully or authoritatively on that subject than a son who grew up in the shadow of his father's life and the examples of his father's love. This vulnerable book is a look at both Billy Graham the evangelist and Billy Graham the father, and the impact he had on a son who walked in his father's steps while also becoming his own man, leading ministries around the world, all of it based on the foundational lessons his father taught him. *Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The fourth of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham's five children, Franklin is the author of several books, including the bestselling autobiography Rebel with a Cause and the 2013 release of Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts. He and his wife, Jane Austin, live in Boone, North Carolina, and have four children and twelve grandchildren.
Gilles Paquin — President and CEO of Paquin Entertainment Group, Soka Gakkai Nichiren BuddhistPossessing a rare blend of artistic passion, creativity, and business savvy, Gilles Paquin has been involved with the North American arts and entertainment industry for over 35 years as a manager, promoter, producer, and entrepreneur. As President and CEO of Paquin Entertainment, Executive Producer of Koba Entertainment, Gilles career has led him to opportunities around the globe, working with many of the leading luminaries in the entertainment world. Gilles supports, oversees, and directs each artist’s creative ventures. In 1985, Gilles founded Paquin Artists Agency, run day to day by Julien Paquin. Since its inception it has become one of Canada’s premier entertainment agencies, representing a roster of over 200 international clientele such as The Strumbellas, Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs, Whitehorse, Natalie MacMaster, along with Ballet and Theatrical companies. Gilles oversees the Artist Management division and supports and directs an illustrious team managing legendary icons; Randy Bachman, Bachman &Turner, Buffy Sainte- Marie, Donovan Woods, Barney Bentall and Lindi Ortega. Gilles and his team over the years have established long-term relationships with top producers, agencies, labels, publishers, broadcasters, and promoters all over the world, including Live Nation, Ole, UTA, AEG, SJM UK, CAA, William Morris Endeavour, APA, Sony Music, Universal, Kobalt, Sony ATV, CBC, Nickelodeon, Corus, and ITV UK, to name a few. As Executive Producer of Koba Entertainment, Gilles’ passion for theatre and stage productions have paved the way for him to work with some of the worlds most recognized family brands such as Shopkins, Dora The Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Max & Ruby, The Backyardigans, Ice Age, and Angry Birds as well as many more making the transition to the stage. In 2009 Gilles founded and launched Venue Coalition, a company dedicated to programming arenas and theatres around North America, with sports, music, theatre, comedy and family events. In 2011 Gilles sold Venue Coalition and it continues to grow and now serves over 65 venues across North America. As a producer of film, television and theatre, he continues to work on select projects. A comprehensive list of completed projects is available upon request. Gilles is a three-time winner of Manager of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), and was awarded a WCMA for Industry Builder of the Year in 2009. Gilles was inducted into The Canadian Managers Hall Of Fame in 2013. He’s recipient of The 2016 University Of Winnipeg Alumni Award.
Bridgitte Longshore — President & Founder of Bridgitte’s Giddy Yo (Dark Chocolate)“You may find this disappointing, but as a believer of spreading the truth I want you to know that I’m just a regular girl doing my best to make things better for people. That’s it, that’s all. And what keeps me going day after day is a deep conviction and burning desire to create something so full of integrity and love that people cannot help but be drawn in and changed for the better. I know it’s possible. I believe that the more you are blessed with, the more responsibility you have to give it all back. So that’s what I aim to do - give it all back and more. I eat my chocolate and superfoods every day. I'm so happy with the amazing Giddy Yo team we've created, and it’s expanding. I have my health, good friends, a warm home, reliable car, clothes that fit, and lots and lots of love in my life. But most importantly, I have faith and I’m learning day by day to make it grow deeper. Really, I have it all and wish the same for you. I’ve learned a lot in the almost 50 years I’ve been alive, but the most important thing I have learned is that when you have faith in the right things, anything is possible. I am living proof. So be sure to laugh a lot, eat good clean food, do what you love, and day by day live a life that your Grandma would be proud of. Thank you all and God bless.” - Bridgitte *Giddy Yo foods are not the same as other organic or fair trade products. While their goods are organic or wild harvested, direct and fairly traded, there are additional attributes that make their products unique. They go to great lengths to source foods nourished by mineral-rich soil & fresh water, and grown in healthy remote environments. Giddy Yo products are untouched by genetically modified organisms, the practice of hybridization, and chemical solvents and metals regularly used in the practice of bringing foods to market. And of course, they’re delicious!
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The Lay AwakesThe Lay Awakes are a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario. Anna Paddock and Patrick Anderson formed The Lay Awakes in 2014, and released a self-titled EP in 2015. The album was produced by friend and Brooklyn-based producer Jeremy McDonald (Kevin Garrett's Mellow Drama, The Welcome Wagon's A Work Of Love In Progress and Light Up The Stairs). The duo recently finished a new album, Home Away From Home. The 10-song LP was produced again by McDonald, and is set for release on May 4th, 2018. Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano studies and the inspiration of dance and theatre, which led her to study music at Trinity Western University and composition at New York University. During this time, Anna began writing songs, released a solo album in 2013. Patrick (guitar, vocals) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. His music lineage goes back to the family campfire and songbook. He studied music at Vancouver Community College and at Hunter College in Manhattan. Patrick has spent many years representing Canada in wheelchair basketball and is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist.
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Hope In The Midst Of MessJudge Robert Lung was sold and trafficked by his own father when Robert was a child, until well into his teenage years. These days though, in addition to presiding over a diversified District Court docket in Colorado, Judge Lung provides presentations nationally and internationally on issues such as human trafficking, childhood trauma and resiliency. Judge Lung presents to diverse audiences including law enforcement, social service caseworkers, attorneys, the military, judicial officers, nurses, first responders, faith-based organizations and others. Judge Lung presented at several national Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conferences hosted by Shared Hope International including in Washington, D.C., Orlando, FL, Phoenix, AZ and New Orleans, LA. In 2016 Judge Lung was appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice to serve as the Judicial Representative on the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. In 2016 Judge Lung was also selected to serve as a consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a division of the Department of Justice’s Office for Justice Programs. In 2017 Judge Lung was designated to serve as a consultant for the NHTTAC of the recently created Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) of the Federal DHHS. In 2017, he presented to the Judiciary of Belize at a Judicial conference in Belize City, Belize hosted by the Human Trafficking Institute. On March 5, 2018, Judge Lung was appointed by President Trump to serve on the nine member U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.