Booster Banquet

Son of Unbroken Olympic Athlete and POW Announced as HLGU Booster Banquet Speaker

Luke Zamperini

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Hannibal-LaGrange University announced Luke Zamperini as the keynote speaker for the 77th Annual Booster Banquet. The banquet will be held Friday, November 9, at 7 pm. The Booster Banquet is sponsored by HNB Bank. Prices are as follows.

$50      General Admission Ticketbefore November 1 – Includes banquet admission
$65      General Admission Ticketon and after November 1 – Includes banquet admission
$175    Executive Admission Ticket – Includes reserved parking, admission to a private reception with Luke Zamperini on November 9 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and a special reserved seat at the banquet. Attendees to the special private reception will receive a copy of Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, and be able to meet Luke and have a photo taken with him.
$1200  Sponsor a Round Table – Includes eight executive tickets for a special price.

Due to the limited amount of executive tickets, you must call the office of institutional advancement at 573.629.3124 to purchase them by credit card only.

Luke Zamperini is the son of Louis Zamperini, one of World War II’s most well-known prisoners of war and hero of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Louis Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which has repeatedly been in the number one position on The New York Times Bestseller list and was made into the 2014 movie Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie.

Luke Zamperini is also an executive producer to a sequel of Unbroken which is on the way from the film’s original producer, Matt Baer and God’s Not Dead Franchise Director Harold Cronk. This sequel will look at the life of hero Louis Zamperini post WWII. The faith-based film – distributed by Pure Flix – is based on the second half of Hillenbrand’s book, portraying Zamperini’s story of forgiveness, redemption, and salvation, and is titled Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

Louis Zamperini passed away on July 2, 2014, but Luke is honored to continue carrying the torch of his father’s legacy. For nearly 50 years, Luke accompanied his father to hundreds of speaking engagements and is thoroughly versed in every aspect of Louis’ incredible story of bravery and survival. His father’s accounts of life as a POW and fighting to survive were Luke’s bedtime stories growing up, and now he is grateful to continue sharing those stories and watching them influence the lives of others.

When Luke Zamperini speaks to audiences about his father, he adds a unique perspective, focusing on how the discipline of athletics, scouting, and education prepared Louis to survive his incredible ordeal at sea, and would subsequently help him to endure cruelty and humiliation as a prisoner of war. He stresses that it was Louis’ preparedness that would equip him for his countless ordeals.

Luke identifies key incidents and concepts in his father’s life that have shaped and molded his own character, compelled him into a life of service, and led him to a career in the field of emergency preparedness.

Luke Zamperini is the chief inspector and public information officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety where he specializes in employee training and disaster preparedness.

Luke is also a musician, an avid golfer, and a Bible teacher. He resides in southern California with his wife and his son, Louis’ only grandchild.

For more information, please contact Lauren Youse ’05 M ‘16, director of alumni services and development, at 573.629.3126, or via email at lauren.youse@hlg.edu.

About Booster Banquet:

Each year HLGU family and friends gather for fun and fellowship at the annual Booster Banquet.

The name reflects its origins. On October 12, 1941, Dr. C. Oscar Johnson, pastor of Third Baptist Church of St. Louis and member of the College Board, proposed a Booster Banquet as a way to promote fellowship and raise money for the college. It was a “huge success” and became an annual event.

Over the years it has featured colorful and prestigious speakers from all walks of life. Today it is one of our most anticipated events. Booster Banquet is typically held the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Booster Banquet Archives

  • 2009 Bruce Wilkinson
  • 2008 Nazareth
  • 2007 Gloria Gaither
  • 2006 Guy Penrod
  • 2005 Wally Magdangal
  • 2004 Dennis Swanberg
  • 2003 Joe White
  • 2002 Dave Dravecky
  • 2001 Heather Whitestone
  • 2000 Darrell Scott

  • 1999 Dr. Alan Keyes
  • 1998 Ruth Graham McIntyre
  • 1997 Mike Singletary
  • 1996 Cal Thomas
  • 1995 Naomi Judd
  • 1994 Dan Shealy
  • 1993 Mildred McWhorter
  • 1992 Dr. Larry Lewis
  • 1991 Dr. Debbye Turner
  • 1990 Rex & Jennifer Hudler

  • 1989 Tandy Rice
  • 1988 Paul Wrenn
  • 1987 Bill Glass
  • 1986 Zig Ziglar
  • 1985 William J. Murray
  • 1984 Dr. Bertha Holt
  • 1983 Honorable Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell
  • 1982 Dr. Adrian Rogers
  • 1981 Honorable John Ashcroft, Honorable Max Bacon
  • 1980 Minnie Pearl

  • 1979 Dr. J. D. Grey
  • 1978 Jerry Clower
  • 1977 Dr. A. E. Prince, Dr. L. A. Foster, Dr. Gerald Martin
  • 1976 Dr. Ben Fisher
  • 1975 Tom Lester
  • 1974 Willa Dorsey
  • 1973 Dr. Gerald Martin
  • 1972 Dr. Dick Cole
  • 1971 Dr. Frank Kellog, Harold Dickerson, Wally Jones
  • 1970 Tom Haggai

  • 1969 Paul Harvey
  • 1968 Dr. Earl O. Harding
  • 1967 Dr. Kenneth McFarland
  • 1966 Dr. Wayne Dehoney
  • 1965 Dr. Earl O. Harding
  • 1964 Dr. Merrimon Cuninggim
  • 1963 Dr. J. D. Grey
  • 1962 Dr. Herschel Hobbs
  • 1961 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
  • 1960 Rev. Charles F. Wellborn

  • 1959 Dr. Sterling L. Price
  • 1958 R. G. LeTourneau
  • 1957 Dr. Porter Routh
  • 1956 Dr. James L. Sullivan
  • 1955 Dr. Earl O. Harding
  • 1954 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
  • 1953 Dr. Wallace Bassett
  • 1952 Lula (Pulliam) Colwell
  • 1951 Congressman Clarence Cannon
  • 1950 Dr. T. W. Medearis

  • 1949 J. C. Penney
  • 1948 Dr. M. E. Dodd
  • 1947 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
  • 1946 Congressman Clarence Cannon
  • 1945 Senator Frank P. Briggs
  • 1944 Dr. J. E. Dillard
  • 1943 Dr. Thomas H. Taylor
  • 1942 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson