Featured Speakers

George Dennehy, Musician

Day 1 – August 29 | 9:00AM – 10:00AM

George is capturing attention all over the web and the world for his unique talents. Because he was born without arms, he sings and plays music from his heart using his feet. George also has a powerful message to share. Because George has overcome so many challenges in his own life, he believes that every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible. People are surprised by his life story, including his brush with death in a Romanian orphanage, and his adoption by his U.S. family at the age of one. George started his musical journey by learning to play the cello at the age of eight. He advanced in classical music until he was able to play cello with regional orchestras. With the cello as his launching pad he has taught himself guitar, electric bass and basic piano. Regardless of the setting, people in his audience are always inspired, deeply touched and often realize their own goals are very much within reach.

George gained worldwide attention in 2012 after he posted a video of himself covering the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris” on the web. George’s story went global and he received media coverage from as nearby as his own hometown, and as far away as London and Sydney. Then an astonishing thing happened: The Goo Goo Dolls themselves saw the video and loved it. They invited George to share the stage with them and perform ‘Iris’ to an enthusiastic and excited crowd of 7,000 fans at Musikfest, an annual week-long event held in Bethlehem, PA.

Since then, his career has continued to take off. CBS News.Com named his video one of the “Best of 2012”. George has shared the stage with national acts like Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Colton Dixon, MercyMe, The Digital Age, Jamie Grace, The Goo Goo Dolls, For King and Country and many more. His testimony of a victorious, overcoming life has inspired thousands of people all over the world. He has also released a CD of original music titled “Have my Heart “. George and his wife Stephanie were married two years ago and now George is a father to a beautiful boy.

Today George travels the world full time sharing his story and his music. His testimony of a victorious, overcoming life energizes and inspires his audience and is an event that they will never forget.

Peter Roskam

Day 2 – August 30 | 11:30AM

Congressman Peter J. Roskam (Republican, Illinois) is currently in his sixth term in Congress. He serves on a critically important committee in Congress impacting the Nonprofit Community – the tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee. As a senior member of that committee, he serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy and will play a leading role as Congress begins its deliberations on comprehensive tax reform legislation.

In fact, at DMA’s recent Nonprofit Capitol Hill Day in Washington DC, members of DMA’s Nonprofit Federation met with the Congressman’s legislative staff to discuss the potential ramifications of comprehensive tax reform legislation on charitable tax deductibility/impact on charitable giving.

Congressman Roskam also serves on the Health Subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee – Needless to say, an important Subcommittee assignment given the recent focus on healthcare legislation.

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