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Best-selling author to speak at CCA gala

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Liz Murray will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Christian Community Action Season of Hope Gala on September 20th at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. Her uplifting story was featured in the Lifetime movie ‘From Homeless to Harvard.’

Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity as the child of cocaine-addicted parents. By age 15, Murray’s mom had died and she was homeless – living on the streets, riding the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. Amidst this pain, Murray always imagined her life could be much better than it was.

“I started to grasp the value of the lessons learned while living on the streets. I knew, after overcoming those daily obstacles that next to nothing could hold me down,” she said.

Determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations.

Murray’s story is innocently honest as she takes the audience on a personal journey where she achieves the improbable. Her memoir, ‘Breaking Night,’ was on the New York Times bestseller list. Murray received her B.S. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2009.

The Christian Community Action (CCA) Season of Hope Gala is an inspiring evening highlighting the services and programs that have substantial impact on serving those in need within the 42 North Texas communities that CCA serves. An estimated 500 guests will gather to celebrate and partner to make a difference. Tickets are on sale now at: www.ccahelps.org/soh-2014-register

Lewisville-based CCA has been serving those in need for 41 years. Each year, CCA helps more than 10,500 individuals with services and programs to help them through times of financial or medical crisis. CCA’s integrated approach from rescue to transition helps clients improve their health, education, financial situation and spiritual well-being through loving, Christ-centered case management.

Services include: Family Assistance to meet the immediate needs of families or individuals during a crisis: unemployment, major illness, lack of insurance, or any situation that limits access to quality healthcare, food, clothing, shelter or the ability to pay bills; Adult Health Center (AHC) offers comprehensive, non-emergency medical and dental healthcare services to economically disadvantaged, uninsured adults in Denton County. The health center has more than 5,900 patient visits each year; The CCA Food Pantry serves hundreds of families every week; Spiritual Care ministers to clients who desire spiritual and emotional support; Educational programs provide the knowledge and training needed to develop an action plan to move beyond the client’s life situation; Seasonal Programs meet the needs of a struggling family as school comes in and out of session. For example, this summer more than 60,000 lunches will be provided to children that do not have access to school lunch programs during the summer.

Visit www.ccahelps.org to see how you can give, donate, or volunteer to make a difference in our communities.

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