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America World Gala: Introducing Guest Speaker, George Dennehy


We are honored to have George Dennehy as our guest speaker at the America World Celebration Gala on Saturday, October 10th near our McLean, VA office. George has an awe-inspiring story that you will not want to miss.

Take a few moments to watch this video from PBS about George, his story and his family!

Because George has overcome so many challenges in his own life, he believes that every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible. People are surprised by his life story, including his brush with death in a Romanian orphanage, and his adoption by his U.S. family at the age of one. George started his musical journey by learning to play the cello at the age of eight. He advanced in classical music until he was able to play cello with regional orchestras. With the cello as his launching pad he has taught himself guitar, electric bass and basic piano. Regardless of the setting, people in his audience are always inspired, deeply touched and often realize their own goals are very much within reach.

George gained worldwide attention in 2012 after he posted a video of himself covering the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris†on the web. George’s story went global and he received media coverage from as nearby as his own hometown, and as far away as London and Sydney. Then an astonishing thing happened: The Goo Goo Dolls themselves saw the video and loved it. They invited George to share the stage with them and perform ‘Iris’ to an enthusiastic and excited crowd of 7,000 fans at Musikfest, an annual week-long event held in Bethlehem, PA. Since then, his career has continued to take off. CBS News.Com named his video one of the “Best of 2012â€.

George has shared the stage with national acts like Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Colton Dixon, MercyMe, The Digital Age, Jamie Grace, The Goo Goo Dolls, For King and Country and many more. His testimony of a victorious, overcoming life has inspired thousands of people all over the world.

The Celebration Gala is on Saturday night, October 10th, 2015.  Cocktails and the Silent Auction begin at 6:00pm and the Gala begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at, by emailing, or you can send a check made out to AWAA to ATTN: Development, America World, 6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite 202, McLean, VA 22101. *Tables for 8 can be purchased at a discount for $800. 


We look forward to seeing you at the Celebration Gala!  See more information about our special guests below!


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