Bulletin Staff Report

A full house is expected to be on hand to hear Dr. Mamie McCullough speak this evening at a silent auction and dinner benefiting the Pearl Griffin Latchkey Program.

The event will be held today at the Brownwood Country Club, with the auction beginning at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

McCullough, a Howard Payne University alumna who is known as the “I Can” lady, has overcome severe poverty and other adversities, including cancer, to become one of the nation’s most popular motivational speakers. She has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years as a businesswoman, educator and author. Her books are centered on the premise that “it is not what happens to you, but rather what you make of it that really counts.”

The Pearl Griffin Memorial Latchkey Program is a non-profit, non-denomination organization that since 1983 has provided an after-school program for children age 4 through sixth grade whose families qualify to receive quality child care at no cost. It is named after a longtime children’s Sunday school teacher at Union Presbyterian Church, where the program was originally based. It is now located at First Christian Church.

Deadline for purchasing tickets was last week, and no tickets will be sold at the door.