3rd Annual Speaker Event Fall 2019

Join us on September 18th at the Knapp Center, located on the campus of Drake University for a night of FREE food, FREE entertainment, and inspiration. Doors open at 5:30 pm. You'll be inspired by incredible music from "American Idol" winner Maddie Poppe and "The Voice" contestant Jon Mero. Our featured speaker is Sadie Penn, who will be speaking about suicide prevention and what inspires her. Don't miss out!


Date And Time

Wed, September 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT



Knapp Center
2601 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311


Featuring artists from:

American IdolThe Voice


Doors Open: 5:30 pm
Opening Act: 6:00 pm
Featured Speaker: 7:00 pm

Registration is required. Tickets are FREE. Get your tickets here on Eventbrite.


Performing: Jon Mero from "The Voice"

Jon Mero

Jon Mero is a contestant on The Voice Season 13 and a member of Team Adam. His blind audition of the Bruno Mars song "Versace On The Floor" turned all four chairs. As a kid, Jon grew up playing the piano and trumpet. At 14, he saw Whitney Houston sing in the movie "The Preacher's Wife" and decided that singing is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. At 25, Jon moved from Des Moines to Atlanta in hopes of finding more musical opportunities. When Jon arrived in Atlanta, he got the chance to perform with CeeLo Green, which furthered his motivation and passion.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonmeroofficial/


Featured Speaker: Sadie Penn

Sadie Penn

Sadie Penn, a young advocate for suicide prevention, believes that being honest about our struggles is the way to save lives. At 18, she shared the story of her suicide attempt in a TEDx Talk that has impacted people all over the world. Sadie is studying psychology while working in a mental health treatment facility. With her personal and professional experience combined, Sadie seeks to share the hope she’s found.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sadie.penn.1


Performing: Maddie Poppe from "American Idol"

Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe, Season 16 Winner of American Idol on ABC. “Made You Miss” out now! New album Whirlwind out now!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maddiepoppemusic/


A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Sammons Financial GroupRed 5 Interactive

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