Habitat for Humanity of Collier County will commemorate 35 years of building homes in Collier County with an Anniversary Celebration to be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church in Naples. Dr. Sam Durso, Habitat Collier President and CEO will host the sold-out event, which features a performance by the Habitat Youth Choir and a keynote address by renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson who will share his personal story of escaping poverty to become one of the most respected surgeons in the world.
Dr. Ben Carson

Limited tickets are still available for event sponsors and include access to the VIP patron party before the event. Current sponsors include Physician’s Regional Healthcare System, Johnson Engineering, Health Management Associates, Porter Wright and The Naples Daily News. For sponsorship opportunities, call 239-775-0036.

Growing up in a single parent home in dire poverty with poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem, Dr. Carson credits his mother with helping him persevere and realize his dream of becoming a physician. Today, he is a full-professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 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 who has addressed various audiences from school systems and civic groups to corporations and the President’s 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 by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February, 2008, Dr. Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House. In June, 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. Today, Dr. Carson and his wife, Candy, dedicate themselves to expanding the reach of the Carson Scholars Fund. Their dream is to name a Carson Scholar in every school within the United States.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is the largest affiliate of the international organization as well as one of the oldest. Through Habitat’s unique partnership approach, families are given the opportunity to become part of the solution, receiving not a temporary hand-out but instead a life-changing hand-up. Each Habitat family helps to build their home and then purchases it from Habitat for Humanity at cost, with a no interest loan.

To learn how you can make a difference, please visit www.HabitatCollier.com or call 239-775-0036.