The Time is Here! Announcing the 2021 Florida Forum Season.
Over the past 29 years, The Florida Forum has delivered a world-class speaker series and raised community awareness and funds for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In keeping with tradition, we are announcing another enlightening and exciting season featuring Tim McGraw, Terry Bradshaw, and Charles Bolden Jr.
The Women’s Board through the Florida Forum is dedicated to ensuring excellence for the tiniest patients. Beginning in 2018, The Women’s Board committed to raising $4 million over five years to fund the endowment for the premier Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. ALL MONIES RAISED will be matched at 150 percent by the Baptist Health Foundation bringing the total contribution to $10 million. You can help! Make an online gift today.
Tim McGraw – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Purchase tickets here.
Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide No. 1 singles. He’s won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, His iconic career achievements include being named BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for ALL music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for ALL music genres. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending more than
10 weeks at No. 1. His career-long tour successes include the record-setting “Soul2Soul The World Tour
2017” with his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie “The Shack” and co-wrote and performed the closing credit song for the Oscar-nominated documentary “Free Solo.” His other movie credits include blockbuster hits “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side. McGraw recently co-authored the New York Times Best Seller, “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music that Made a Nation” with Jon Meacham and enjoyed a critically acclaimed multi-city book tour featuring conversation and music from the book. McGraw is the founder of the health and fitness brand, TRUMAV and has authored a health and fitness book “Grit and Grace” due out in November 2019. His latest music single, “Thought About You” was a featured televised performance on both the NFL Tailgate Party for Super Bowl LIII and the NFL Draft.
Terry Bradshaw – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Purchase tickets here.
The only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bradshaw continues to defy an easy pigeonhole. Four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), two-time Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Multi-Emmy and award-winning broadcaster for FOX on Fox NFL Sunday. Enduringly popular actor, most recently in the box office smash comedy romance Failure to Launch. Add to that gospel/country singer motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, breeder of championship quarter horses.
No one can spiral them into the end zone like Bradshaw…
The first player chosen in the 1970 draft, the 6’3” Bradshaw became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history. He was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980), making him a perfect 4-0 Super Bowl play, an extraordinary feat that has only been duplicated once, 10 years later, by Joe Montana. In those four performances, he completed 49 of 84 attempted passes (nine for touchdowns) for 932 yards (second -time), with just three interceptions while amazingly calling his own plays, something rarely done when Bradshaw played and unheard of in today’s NFL. He still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average gain per attempt in career (11.10 yards) and average gain in a game (14.71 yards in Super Bowl XIV). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was a four-time All-Pro. He retired prior to the 1984 season.
Charles Bolden Jr. – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Purchase tickets here.
Major General U.S. Marine Corps (retired), 12th NASA Administrator – First as a Marine Corps Major General and then as NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr. has dedicated his life to the service of the United States, working to secure our nation’s security, prosperity, and guiding efforts to explore our universe and better understand our fragile planet.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Bolden to be the 12th NASA Administrator, making him only the second astronaut to hold that position. While heading NASA, Bolden oversaw the transition from the space shuttle system to a new era of exploration, fully focused on the International Space Station (ISS) and aeronautics technology development.
Bolden led the development of the Space Launch System and the Orion Crew Capsule. Bolden also oversaw the shift toward commercial space initiatives handling resupply of the ISS. He created NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, responsible for developing the technology that will make future exploration missions successful. Bolden’s tenure included the triumph of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing, the success of the Juno mission that is helping us understand the planet Jupiter more completely, increasing the number of satellites tasked with Earth observation tasks, and continuing progress toward the expected 2021 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Not forgetting that the first “A” in NASA stands for Aeronautics, Bolden also focused his attention on NASA’s aeronautics programs and the agency’s goal of developing airplanes that can travel faster, farther, quieter, and greener than ever before.
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