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Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions


SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Sanjay Gupta
The multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and a practicing neurosurgeon, his medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters. Gupta's passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch "Fit Nation," CNN's multi-platform anti-obesity initiative that is now in its sixth year.

Levi Krauss

Levi KraussThe Tony Award winning singer/songwriter is back!! Levi entertained the Lions in his debut performance at the 99th Annual Lions Clubs International convention in Fukuoka, Japan and was such a hit…he is returning! Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to start the day dancing to some of your favorite songs!

Angelica Hale –
Opening and Second Plenary Session

Angelica HaleAngelica Hale is a 10 year old singer from Atlanta, GA who competed in America's Got Talent last season, getting Chris Hardwick’s Golden Buzzer, and finished as the youngest runner-up in the show’s history.  She has been a featured performer in the following: 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, 50th annual Dr. Martin Luther King commemoration, and Celebrity Fight Night.  She currently performs all over the World, most recently performing in Taiwan, Vancouver, Toronto, and for Michelle Obama at the World Trade Center in New York City.  Her dream is to write and record her own songs and perform them all over the World.

When she was only 4 years old, she became very ill with double pneumonia, septic shock, multiple organ failure, and was hospitalized for over 80 days. After her 6th birthday, she received the greatest gift - a life-saving kidney transplant from her mother.

Angelica's mission is to use her voice and her music to help raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the hospital that saved her life. She is partnered with the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals organization to help raise funds for children's hospitals all over the United States and Canada. She is also the first kid ambassador of the National Kidney Foundation and her goal is to help raise awareness of kidney disease and prevention.

Please follow her journey on social media: Facebook @angelicahalemusic, Instagram/Twitter @angelicahale, and YouTube @ youtube.com/AngelicaHaleMusic

Monday, July 2

President George W. Bush

Keynote Speaker – President George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, George W. Bush was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, and served as Commander in Chief for two consecutive terms. Before his presidency, he served for six years as Governor of the State of Texas.

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael CavanaughComing back to where it all started, Michael Cavanaugh will wow the Lions with his amazing ability to entertain a crowd. While playing at his first full-time gig in Orlando, Florida, Michael received an opportunity that would change his life, the chance to play at New York New York in Las Vegas. It was there that he was discovered by Billy Joel…and the rest is history!

One Voice Children’s Choir

One Voice Children’s ChoirOne Voice Children’s Choir originated at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Masa Fukuda, Artistic Director, created a massive children’s choir to sing for the opening ceremonies. The experience and the quality of Masa’s music inspired a desire among the children to keep the choir going, and in 2005 the name One Voice was adopted.

The choir is comprised of 150 children ages 5-18 who reside along the Wasatch Front. One Voice Children’s Choir competed on America’s Got Talent in 2014 and made it to the live quarter-finals. Each year the choir releases 6-8 music videos on YouTube with the goal of spreading their uplifting and inspirational music world-wide. OVCC performs throughout the Wasatch Front approximately 45 times annually.

The mission of One Voice Children’s Choir is to provide opportunities for children ages 4-18 to cultivate an appreciation for music and share the talents they develop with a global community.

Tuesday, July 3

Wayne NewtonKnown world wide as “Mr. Las Vegas,” entertainer Wayne Newton is known for his signature song, “Danke Schoen,” plus many hit singles, including “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Red Roses For a Blue Lady” and “Years.” In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short-lived, Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 40 million people and on television, film and record, to many times that number.  He has epitomized the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas. And these days, having established himself both on television and in movies as a fine actor, he’s getting more attention than ever.


For all Plenary Sessions and the International Show at the Grand Garden Arena, special security measures will be in place. Purses, back-packs, tote-bags, camera bags are prohibited in the Grand Garden Arena. To compensate for this, all attendees will be given a clear plastic stadium bag to use to carry their belongings during the convention.

On July 2, all attendees will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrances to the Grand Garden Arena. Additional information will be provided onsite at the convention.

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