The Call to Character Gala is a celebration of the stories and strength that has driven our organization for more than 20 years and the exciting future we see ahead as we continue to open other gateways to youth. Character.org is giving voice to the character movement—providing leadership and advocacy to optimize personal success, which will lead to stronger communities.
At the gala on March 7, we highlighted stories from our history, set the stage for growth in 2017, and honored two ambassadors of character, Noah Galloway and George Weiss.
Honoring Two Leaders of Character
|Sergeant Noah Galloway
2017 American Patriot of Character
Sergeant Noah Galloway (retired) is an athlete, a motivational speaker, a writer, a personal trainer and a father. He is also doing all those things without his left arm or his left leg. After losing those limbs from an IED explosion in Iraq in 2005, Noah easily could have given up and given into his injury. Instead, his determination and courage allow him to keep up with other adults and even athletes and to leave no doubt that he is living a Life Reinvented. With a “no excuses” attitude, Noah is maintaining a rigorous commitment to fitness and health and helping others do the same through personal training, motivational speaking, and writing. Once you read Noah’s story, you will pause before you decide “I can’t” ever again.
2017 Lifetime Achievement in Character
George Weiss is the CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers and serves as chairman of Say Yes To Education, Inc., a national non-profit organization committed to opening access to post-secondary education for high poverty youth. Mr. Weiss believes that access to post-secondary education can truly change lives, especially for students facing enormous social and financial challenges. To this end, he created the Say Yes to Education foundation in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Since then, the Say Yes program has grown to include more than 130,000 public school students, community-wide, in the upstate New York cities of Syracuse and Buffalo, as well as Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina. Mr. Weiss is also the founder of the Orphan Disease Pathway Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and effective treatments for rare diseases.