Abduction survivor, motivational speaker, and bestselling author
February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Tickets $30 • $32.50 • $37.50
Elizabeth Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, sparking what would become one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for nine grueling months. Because of this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation, even testifying before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction. The Founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times bestselling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, titled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” The guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continue to motivate parents, law enforcement, and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “everyday” people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. She attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major and married her husband Matthew in 2012.
Meet & Greet Reception
Purchase the Meet & Greet option for an opportunity to join the speaker in a private reception following the presentation.
Frederick County Public Libraries, in conjunction with the Frederick Speaker Series, is excited to offer an amazing opportunity for a limited number of guests to attend private gatherings with the featured speakers. These exclusive receptions, held at the Weinberg after each event, give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and engage with our season speakers. Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children’s library programs.
Tickets for each reception are $75, and only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket. To attend, select the Meet & Greet ticket option when you are ordering lecture tickets.