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Christopher Gardner to speak at Moravian College on March 27

Gardner the subject of major motion picture “ The Pursuit of Happyness”

Bethlehem, Pa., March 1, 2007—Christopher Gardner is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, who recently made headlines as the subject of the film The Pursuit of Happyness.  He will address the keys to self-empowerment, beating odds, and breaking cycles during his talk at Moravian College on Tuesday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. in Johnston Hall, located on the Main Street Campus.  Gardner will be available for a book signing session after the lecture.

Gardner is the CEO of Gardner Rich LLC, an institutional brokerage firm specializing in the execution of debt, equity and derivative products transactions. Prior to launching the firm in 1987, Mr. Gardner worked for Dean Witter Reynolds and Bear Stearns & Co.

A self-made success story, Gardner’s philanthropy gives back to the communities where he conducts business because he has never forgotten his humble beginnings, or the odds surmounted during his lifetime. Gardner overcame not only a lack of college and business school degrees, but struggled with homelessness and uncertainty.

Always hard working and tenacious, unfortunate circumstances in the early 1980’s left Gardner  homeless in San Francisco while the sole guardian for his toddler son, Chris Jr. Unwilling to give up his son or his dreams of financial independence, Gardner started at the very bottom of the financial industry ladder and worked his way up to success. The Pursuit of Happyness, Gardner’s autobiography, was published in May 2006 (Amistad/Harper Collins) and made into a film starring Will Smith as Gardner that was released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006.

Gardner’s remarkable story of struggle, faith, entrepreneurialism, and fatherly devotion and his inspiring message on how to overcome negative circumstances that hold you back, has catapulted him beyond the acclaim he has found on Wall Street. Gardner has been featured on the "Evening News with Dan Rather," "20/20," "The View," CNN, and CNBC as well as being the subject of profiles in USA Today, The Associated Press, Fortune, Jet and numerous other local and national newspapers and magazines. For more information on Gardner, visit his website at: http://www.chrisgardnermedia.com/.

Admission to the lecture is free, but a ticket is required.  Only 1,500 tickets will be distributed.  Individuals may request 2 tickets — Moravian College students may request 3 tickets.  Tickets for Moravian College and LVAIC students with I.D. may be picked up at the main desk in the Haupert Union Building beginning on February 15 and all other ticket requests will be considered beginning on March 15. For more information, call 610-861-1491.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.