New Friends New Life, a nonprofit that restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children, announces Kevin Costner will keynote the 12th Annual WINGS Luncheon, on Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel. The luncheon is chaired by Ambassador Jeanne Phillips with honorary chairs First Lady Laura Bush and Ruth Altshuler. Organizers hope Costner’s support will generate interest for the launch of a new men’s initiative to further the cause. New Friends New Life helps women overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities by providing access to counseling, education, job training, interim financial assistance, and spiritual support. Sponsorships start at $1,750, and seats are available – if not sold out via sponsorships – on Feb. 4 at $175. newfriendsnewlife.org
Producer Gary Cogill will interview Kevin Costner on stage during the luncheon. Costner began his career starring in independent films, gradually earning small parts in more established movies. His first major motion picture role was in the coming of age comedy, “Fandango.” Throughout his career, Costner has varied his choices with comedy, action and drama role. He has appeared in such popular box-office hits as “No Way Out,” “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Bodyguard” and “Wyatt Earp.” His exceptional filmmaking abilities were showcased in “Dances with Wolves,” which he produced, directed and starred in, and which won seven Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Director.” When Costner is not working on films, he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar in his band, Modern West, and can be seen playing venues across the country. The band’s song “The Angels Came Down” from their album “Turn It On,” was recently adopted by the Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Wives organizations, which support the mothers, wives and families of fallen soldiers.
Past WINGS luncheon speakers have included Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks, Harriet Miers, and Greg Mortensen.