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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202

The fifth annual Judi's House Strength in the Face of Adversity Luncheon featured a compelling conversation with celebrated NFL player, author, and philanthropist, Warrick Dunn.  

Thank you to our sponsors and guests for supporting the important work being done for grieving children and families at Judi’s House and JAG Institute.

Event Chairs: Alex and Connie Wiegers
Healing Hand Honoree: Evan, Brad and Troy Moody (Moody Insurance Agency)

Warrick Dunn, 2019 Keynote Speaker

In addition to his impressive football accomplishments, Warrick is perhaps best known for his involvement in philanthropy. As a rookie for Tampa Bay, Warrick founded Homes for the Holidays to fulfill his mother’s dream of home ownership for single parent families. Warrick’s mother, Betty Smothers, worked tirelessly as a police officer, until she was ambushed and killed while escorting a businesswoman to make a night deposit. Warrick was only 18 years old.

The program partners with local organizations to turn houses into homes for single parent families through home furnishings and down-payment assistance. Since its inception, Homes for the Holidays has furnished 172 homes, provided over $850,000 in down-payment assistance, and served over 465 single parents and children.

The impact of Homes for the Holidays inspired Warrick to expand into three additional programs: Count on Your Future, Sculpt, and Hearts for Community Service Scholarships, all housed today under the Warrick Dunn Charities umbrella. Together, the four programs are dedicated to strengthening and transforming communities by combating poverty, hunger, and improving the quality of lives for families academically, socially, and economically.

Watch Former NFL player, Warrick Dunn, make dreams come true for families in need on NBC Nightly News.


For information about events, please contact Courtney Ellis at courtneye@judishouse.org or 720.343.8481

Highlights from the 2018 Judi's House Strength in the Face of Adversity Luncheon, Featuring remarks from Co-Founders, Brook and Brian Griese; Healing Hand Award winner, John Wickliff; Co-Event Chair, Bill Mosher; and keynote speaker, Mariel Hemingway.