HENRY WINKLER Speaks as Part of WCU Gala on April 17
On Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m., West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino, and wife Susan Fiorentino, will host a virtual conversation with award-winning actor, director, producer, and writer, HENRY WINKLER. The evening of entertainment is part of West Chester University’s 38th Annual Presidential Scholarship Community Gala – the 2021: G.A.L.A. $50 provides household log-in access to the event. A more intimate, post-event meet and greet where buyers can interact with Winkler in small-group breakout rooms is available for an additional cost. Tickets are purchasable at http://go.wcufoundation.org/events/gala. For more information, contact the Events Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity, to tales of a storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages will leave Winkler’s presentation inspired and entertained. Winkler’s passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia, and Winkler has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the education system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges.
Each year, the West Chester University gala draws more than 300 members of the community to an event that is dedicated to the continued academic success of West Chester University students. Since its inception in 1983, the benefit has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for West Chester University students through a renewable, four-year Presidential Scholarship, which is designed to provide financial assistance to students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence.
Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an Emmy award-winning actor, producer, director, and best-selling author. After graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1973, Winkler was cast as Arthur Fonazarelli in the TV series Happy Days. His work on the show earned him two Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Award nominations, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In recent years, Winkler has appeared in multiple television series including the hit HBO dark comedy, Barry.
Winkler is also a New York Times best-selling author whose books were inspired by his struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges. To date, he and his co-author, Lin Oliver, have written 35 children’s novels.
Winkler has always believed in helping others and is especially passionate about children. He has been a featured speaker at WE Day Celebrations promoting education and service for students. His work also includes Honorary Chairman of United Friends of the Children; Founding Member of the Children’s Action Network; the first National Honorary Chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of America; National Chairman of the annual Toys for Tots campaign; the National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped; the Special Olympics; and the Los Angeles Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival for children who are physically challenged; as well as participating in numerous teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs.