Ben Carson to Speak at Ashbrook Memorial Dinner on August 21

Ben Carson to Speak at Ashbrook Memorial Dinner on August 21

7/13/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - Dr. Ben Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon and New York Times Best-Selling Author, will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Ashland University. Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center, this event has hosted many political leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell and John Boehner.

The dinner program will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. Tickets for this Ashbrook event are $250 per person. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available for an additional cost. Tables of 10 are available in different price packages and include reception tickets, program recognition and preferred table location.

Reservations for the event may be made by contacting Lisa Ormiston at Ashbrook at (419) 289-5429 or toll-free at (877) 289-5411 or lormiston@ashbrook.org. More information can be found at Ashbrook.org/Carson.

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home in dire poverty, with poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem, Carson appeared unlikely to realize his dream. However, Carson’s life changed dramatically when his mother, a woman with only a third-grade education, challenged her son to strive for excellence.

Carson persevered, and today is a nationally recognized expert in neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. He was the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May 2008 and today serves as the Emeritus Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, having retired on June 30, 2013.

Some career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa, and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin. Although he has been involved in many newsworthy operations, he feels that every case is noteworthy—deserving of maximum attention. He is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, and has a special interest in trigeminal neuralgia (a severe facial pain condition) in adults.

Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctoral degrees and has received hundreds of awards and citations. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and many other prestigious organizations. He sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Kellogg Company; Costco Wholesale Corporation; and the Academy of Achievement; and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University. He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is a highly regarded motivational speaker who has addressed various audiences from school systems and civic groups to corporations and has spoken twice during the President’s National Prayer Breakfast in 1997 and 2013.

In 2001, Carson was named by CNN and TIME as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 "Living Legends" on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February 2008, Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. Carson was recognized in November 2008 by U.S. News & World Report and on Feb. 7, 2009, the award winning movie titled “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carson, premiered on TNT and is based on his memoir.

Carson is president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, having awarded more than $6.2 million dollars to more than 6,200 scholars. The program also establishes Carson Reading Rooms to encourage young students and their families to discover the pleasure to be found in books and to recognize the true power of learning.

His first four books, “Gifted Hands,” “THINK BIG,” “The Big Picture,” and “Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk” (January 2008), provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life; a fifth book, “America The Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great,” was released in early 2012 and made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. His sixth book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future” was released on May 20, 2014, and has also made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Carson has been married for over 39 years to his wife, Candy, and is the father of three adult sons and has two grandchildren.

Ashbrook is an independent center at Ashland University dedicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The Ashbrook Center seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate, and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.

For more event information, please contact Daniel Mitchell, communications coordinator, at 419-289-5617 or dmitchell@ashbrook.org.

 

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