Plumsteadville, PA (PRWEB) January 20, 2014
Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. will be the keynote speaker at Plumstead Christian School’s annual Founders Forum on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middle and Upper School campus of Plumstead Christian School in Plumsteadville, PA.
Dr. Carson had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single-parent home, challenged by dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream. It was his mother, with only a third-grade education, who encouraged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where, for 39 years, he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He was the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May 2008 (with his June 2013 retirement, he is now the Emeritus Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery).
Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally 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, 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 addressing various audiences - from school systems and civic groups to corporations. He has spoken twice at the National Prayer Breakfast.
In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected as one of 89 “Living Legends” for the Library of Congress’ 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February 2008, Dr. Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President George W. Bush, and in June of that year he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land. In addition, Dr. Carson was recognized in November 2008 by U.S. News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership as one of “America’s Best Leaders.”
His four books, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, The Big Picture and Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life; a fifth book, America The Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. His next book, One Nation, is scheduled for release May 2014. In February 2009, the award-winning movie based on his memoir, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuban Gooding, Jr. as Dr. Carson premiered on TNT.
“We are honored that Dr. Carson will be coming to Bucks County to speak with our students and the larger general public,” said PCS Headmaster Patrick Fitzpatrick. “Dr. Carson’s commitment to Christ and his personal life’s story mirror our own school’s strong commitment to excellence as well as our mission to teach students to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives. I am confident that his strong messages on faith, family, education, and America will challenge our community just as the way he lives his life has been an inspiration to millions.”
The school has a rich history of attracting some of the nation’s most influential Christian voices including the 2012 Founders Forum keynote speaker President George W. Bush. Past speakers also include Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Vice President Dan Quayle, columnist and commentator Cal Thomas, author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliott, and Christian leader and co-founder of the Moral Majority, the late Jerry Falwell.
Dr. Carson will appear at two back-to-back events during the evening: a dinner that begins at 5:30 p.m. where he will engage in a twenty-five-minute moderated question and answer session for sponsors only, and the keynote Founders Forum event beginning at 7:30 p.m., entitled “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Makes This Nation Great.” His speech will be followed by a thirty-minute moderated question and answer session. Both events will be held at Plumstead Christian School’s Middle and Upper School campus in Plumsteadville, PA.
Tickets are available for the main Founders Forum at http://www.plumsteadchristian.org/tickets/. Please direct all serious inquiries about remaining corporate or individual sponsorships to Patrick Fitzpatrick at 215-766-8073 or at foundersforum(at)plumsteadchristian(dot)org.
About Plumstead Christian School
Plumstead Christian School is in its 66th year as a Christ-centered, nondenominational, college preparatory school that serves Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through 12th grade students on two spacious campuses in Bucks County, PA. The school’s mission is to provide a caring community where students are educated to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives. Through the years, Plumstead Christian School has developed a solid reputation in academics, athletics, and the arts. Ninety-eight percent of all recent graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, and many students earn college credit–top students as much as one entire year of college credit–through the extensive Advanced Placement courses offered at PCS. Recent graduates have been accepted to a variety of top ranking schools including Drexel University, Georgia Tech, Gordon College, Grove City College, Lehigh University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Taylor University, Temple University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, Wheaton College, and Villanova University. More information about Plumstead Christian School can be viewed online at http://www.pcspa.org.