Press Release

HLGU Booster Banquet to Feature Alex Kendrick, Writer/Producer of Courageous

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
by Rebecca Penner

Writer and Director Alex Kendrick will be the featured speaker at the 71st Annual Hannibal-LaGrange University Booster Banquet on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Mabee Sports Complex.

Alex has been an associate pastor for Sherwood Baptist Church since 1999. Upon reading a survey that stated films have become more influential than churches, Alex set out to change the perception of movies in mainstream America. He co-wrote (with brother, Stephen Kendrick), directed and acted in all four movies Sherwood Pictures has produced.

His second film, "Facing the Giants", grossed over $10 million at the box office. The football feature became the best-selling Christian DVD of 2007. His third film, Fireproof, grossed $33.5 million in the box office, making it the highest grossing independent film of 2008. The project went on to win Best Feature at the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, as well as the Epiphany Prize at the Movieguide Awards in Los Angeles. The fourth feature film by Sherwood Pictures with distribution by TriStar entitled Courageous, was released on DVD on January 17, 2012 and grossed more than $34.5 million in the Box Office.

The doors will open at 5:30 pm, and the meal will be served at 7:00 pm.

Price for a general admission ticket (purchased before Nov. 1, 2012) is $60. If purchased on and after November 1, 2012 general admission ticket pricing will be $80. Once again this year an Executive Ticket for the Booster Banquet is available. This special ticket includes reserved parking, admission to a special private reception with Alex from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, and a special reserved seat at the banquet. Attendees of the private reception will be able to meet Kendrick and have a photo taken with him. Price for an Executive Ticket is $150.

New this, year to the Booster Banquet ticket options, are Table Sponsors. "In addition to the General Admission and Executive Tickets we have decided to offer our guests the opportunity to sponsor a table," stated Lauren Youse, Director of Alumni Services. The Table Sponsor Ticket Package includes: 8 Executive Tickets at a reduced rate and special, reserved seating at the banquet. Cost for the Table Sponsor package is $1000. Due to the limited number of Executive Tickets/Table Sponsors, guests must purchase them with a credit card by call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 573.629.3124

To pucharse tickets click here.

If purchasing general admission tickets please make checks payable to Hannibal-LaGrange University and send to: HLGU Institutional Advancement c/o Lauren Youse, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, MO 63401.

For more information, please contact Lauren Youse, Director of Alumni Services and Development, at 573.629.3126.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations