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Willie E. Gary Delivers Keynote Address during Shorter Jr. College 4th Annual Fundraising Gala “Still She Rises”

North Little Rock, ARAttorney Willie Gary served as the keynote speaker at Shorter Jr. College’s 4th Annual Gala, which served as a fundraiser for academic scholarships.  This was Gary’s second trip to Shorter College where he delivered the keynote address at their inaugural banquet in 2011.

Gary spoke to an audience of nearly 500 people during his address which was held at Embassy Suites Hotel.  During his remarks, Gary emphasized the importance of striving for academic excellence.  Gary encouraged the crowd of students, staff, and community leaders to never underestimate others because of differences, and to always embrace new opportunities.

The purpose of the dinner was to bridge the gap of supporters and the surrounding community. As Gary proceeded to the podium, Bishop Samuel Green, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shorter Jr. College, spoke of Gary’s numerous accomplishments as a successful trial attorney and philanthropist. The crowd eagerly listened as Gary touched on the topics of supporting education and giving back to the community.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including a $10 million pledge to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

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Attorney Willie Gary (far left), poses with Mrs. Supra Mays (left), President O. Jerome Green (center), Dr. Linda Green (bottom center) and Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. (far right) at the banquet