On Tuesday, June 9, the Bay area will welcome former U.S. Navy SEAL and best-selling author Marcus Luttrell at Baldwin County Drug Court Foundation’s 6th Annual “Knowing You Can Make a Difference” fundraiser.
Luttrell has gained celebrity in the past several years for his 2007 New York Times Best Seller, “Lone Survivor, ” which tells the story of his fight against Taliban combatants in 2005 that claimed the lives of three fellow SEALs and left Luttrell seriously injured. For his part, Luttrell received the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart. An adaptation of his book found its way to the big screen in 2013 in which Luttrell was portrayed by actor Mark Wahlberg.
The event, which will take place at the Daphne Civic Center, will include a seated dinner provided by Naman’s Catering. According to a press release, “the Foundation will present a brief program to educate attendees of the Programs’ successful treatment approach, effective assistance for Veterans, community outreach and emphasis of drug education in Baldwin County schools. The keynote speaker, Marcus Luttrell, will immediately follow and share his story and captivating message of perseverance, strength, courage and integrity.”
The Baldwin County Drug Court’s mission is “to promote justice and uniformity of judicial proceedings as well as provide cohesive educational and rehabilitative efforts to meet the needs of those with drug and alcohol addiction to reduce future criminal conduct and return people to normal, productive lives.”
According to Judge Robert Wilters, presiding judge of the Baldwin County Drug Court, speaker Marcus Luttrell is the perfect fit for such an event: “We are thrilled to have Mr. Luttrell as the keynote speaker for this year’s event. His inspiring story really speaks true to our message of preparing yourself to win and never accepting defeat as an option.”
Text by Breck Pappas