Investment in Character Patron Luncheon

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Where: Kansas City Downtown Marriott Muehlebach

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GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Durant
Master Pilot, Best-Selling Author, and Inspiration for the Movie Black Hawk Down

Little did retired Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael J. Durant know when he entered the United States Army in 1979 that one day he would be the target of a Somali-fired grenade launcher, a prisoner of war, and the subject of an acclaimed book and a major motion picture. Durant was the pilot of Black Hawk helicopter Super Six Four that was fired upon and subsequently brought down during a combat operation in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. After a horrific street battle, he was overrun by a crazed mob, captured, and held prisoner for 11 days. He was badly injured, suffering from gunshot wounds and a broken back, leg, and face. His image as a POW was seen around the world on the cover of TIME, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and all other television and media outlets. The events of that day were recounted in Mark Bowden’s best-selling book Black Hawk Down and Ridley Scott’s Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. Today, Durant is the New York Times best-selling author of In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers and the president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Solutions.


Stephen Hooley

President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board of DST Systems, Inc.


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Investment in Character

The Patron Luncheon is part of the Heart of America Council's annual "Investment In Character" campaign that raises much needed funds to support Scouting in the 19-county area in and around Kansas City. Scouting teaches leadership skills and ethical decision-making. The Heart of America Council serves more than 33,000 young people through the work of more than 15,000 adult volunteers.

Thanks to the generosity of luncheon sponsors, contributions to the Heart of America Council for this event are 100% tax deductible.