What's Your Story? Featuring Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Life, Animated

7:00 pm, Main Event at Triad Stage, includes coffee and dessert reception.


New for this year - support the 2018 Campaign by purchasing a VIP ticket. $180 per ticket includes meet and greet reception at 4:30 p.m. with Ron Suskind at Scuppernong Books, plus entry to main event with preferred seating and a copy of Ron's book, Life, Animated.


5:30 - 7 PM - Optional Downtown Dine-Around:  Before the main event, join us for The Downtown Dine-Around . Choose from participating restaurants and  sign up  individually or with a group. Then head to Triad Stage  for the Main Event!

Life, Animated

Award winning documentary film based on the book by Kickoff Speaker Ron Suskind.


Learn More About Campaign Kickoff and Purchase Ron's Book


Our Campaign Kickoff Committee has been hard at work planning a fun and meaningful event for the evening of Sunday, December 10. This year’s event features a special twist – an optional Downtown Dine-Around. Participants will have the opportunity to select a downtown restaurant of their choice from our offerings and then sign up individually or with a group to dine in a favorite restaurant or try something new. Dinners will take place prior to the night’s main event.


The evening then moves to Triad Stage, where guests will gather to hear from our guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, Ron Suskind and enjoy coffee and desserts.


Purchase Ron's book, Life, Animated through Scuppernong Books


We think you will be incredibly moved by Ron’s story. His book, Life, Animated, was made into an award winning documentary which won numerous awards and received an Oscar nomination. We invite you to see Life, Animated at a special showing on Wednesday, November 8. Life, Animated is a story of ‘sidekicks, heroes and autism’ and it shares the real-life story of Owen Suskind, (Ron’s son). Owen has autism and his family learns to communicate with their young son using Disney movie characters and dialogue.


Ron Suskind writes, “We are our stories …in more ways than we once understood. We now know how they rewire our brains, reveal truth, cast illusion and create leaders.” We want everyone to have an opportunity to share their story, and why they support Federation. We invite you to share your own six-word memoir with us, at Kickoff or at anytime throughout the year. For now we will leave you with this six word story: Hope-To-See-You-At-Kickoff.