Next month, 'Love Warrior' author and founder of the online community 'Momastery' Glennon Doyle Melton will visit Wauwatosa for an afternoon of conversation.
'Attendees can expect to laugh, cry and get real,' said Colleen Sprague, broker and owner at Firefly Real Estate, a sponsor of the event.
The Aug. 28 event at Wauwatosa West High School will mark the second time Melton appeared locally; she held a similar event last year at Wauwatosa East High School.
'Working toward bringing Glennon back one more time was an easy choice,' said Sprague in an email. 'The event last year was amazing! The energy, acceptance and love in that auditorium was electric.'
Melton, who wrote The New York Times bestselling memoir 'Carry on, Warrior,' is also the creator and president of 'Together Rising,' a nonprofit organization that serves women who need help getting back on their feet, according to the website, momastery.com. The public speaker has written widely about her drug addiction and how she turned her life around in 2002 after learning she was pregnant.
Sprague described Melton's talks as life-changing.
'Her message is clear, concise, raw, authentic, courageous and beautiful,' she said. 'Her call to action is kindness and love. She is a warrior and her encouraging messages and stories lift us up to be the same.'
The event in Wauwatosa does have a special touch; all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Milwaukee's Cribs for Kids program, an effort that provides Milwaukee families with portable cribs to help reduce the number of deaths to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and unsafe sleep.
'The number of co-sleeping deaths in Milwaukee ranks as one of the highest in the country,' Sprague said. 'I do believe as Glennon puts it — that there is no such thing as other people's children; the babies, all babies and children are my passion. So I chose Cribs for Kids as the recipient for the proceeds of the funds for both events (Melton's 2015 and 2016 talks).'
Sprague said for every $100 collected, a crib, bed sheet, sleep sack and education for a family in need is provided. In 2015, the event provided more than 120 cribs.
'When we all come together, great things happen,' she said.
Active Wauwatosa resident Meg Miller, who is helping to organize the event, said there will be a limited meet-and-greet event with Melton before the presentation. Attendees will be randomly selected.
Miller said Firefly Real Estate brings a lot to the city, including sponsorship of the Tosa Farmers market and events at The Landing at Hoyt Park.
When asked where she finds the motivation to get involved with the community of Wauwatosa, Sprague said she draws inspiration from her husband, Doug.
'He is a giver and has created a business model that gives back to a community that we love,' she said. 'Doug's business acumen comes from a place of doing the right thing, every single time, and, to us, giving back to this community and its wonderful residents is the right thing to do.'
Sprague said tickets for the event are selling fast; there are only 100 left. Great Midwest Bank is also listed as a supporter of the event.
'Also, if you come, expect to be inspired to act,' she said. 'Last year someone asked how do you find your passion? Her response was clear — find what hurts your heart the most and move toward that. Find ways to help those people or that cause. Of course, she said it much more eloquently.'
All attendees will receive a hardcover edition of Melton's upcoming book 'Love Warrior,' to be mailed after the Sept. 6 publication release date.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: An afternoon with New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, also the founder of the online community, 'Momastery.'
WHERE:Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St.
WHEN: 3-4 p.m. Aug. 28
WHY: All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Milwaukee's Cribs for Kids program.
HOW:Tickets can be purchased online at conta.cc/29SkTpU. Admission is $33 and includes a hardcover edition of Melton's upcoming novel, 'Love Warrior.'