Press Release

September 30, 2019

FIRST LADY SARAH STITT LAUNCHES THE HOPE RISING TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 30

Hope Rising Tour

First Lady Sarah Stitt announced today the launch of the Hope Rising Tour in partnership with the Potts Family Foundation today.

The first Hope Rising Tour will take place at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on September 30. The First Lady sees this tour as an opportunity to raise awareness on the issue of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) throughout Oklahoma.

The First Lady will be visiting cities across the state bringing the film, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” The film presents the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences, along with the science proving that ACES can be reversed.

Following the film there will be a one-hour panel with child welfare experts moderated by the First Lady. The panel will include: Steven Buck, Secretary of Human Services & Early Childhood Initiatives; Dr. Sean McDaniel, Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools; Dr. Deb Shropshire, OKDHS Director of Child Welfare; The Honorable Ken Stoner, OK County District Judge; Rep. Cyndi Munson, House District 85; and Kimberly Garrett, CEO & Founder of Palomar, OKC's Family Justice Center.

“This film explains the science behind the childhood experiences of many Oklahomans, myself included” said First Lady Sarah Stitt. “It is so important that people in all walks of life can understand this, because it changes the way you think about things and the way that you interact with others. The good news is that these ACES can be easily prevented and reversed.”

WHAT: First Lady’s Hope Rising Tour 

WHEN: Monday, September 30th –  10:45 AM

WHERE: Tower Theatre, 425 Northwest 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVP is kindly requested to help properly prepare for the event. To RSVP visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-documentary-discussion-with-first-lady-sarah-stitt-tickets-69747204767?ref=eios

For media who would like to attend, please RSVP to lauren.dunlap@gov.ok.gov.

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