The Incredible Story of a Romanian Orphan – Once Hidden from the World, Now Determined to Change it.
Saturday March 1, 2014 2:00-4:00pm
Dorothy Goff Recital Hall, Shattuck Music Center
Carroll University Waukesha, WI
To Register: Please contact Kim Westfahl, InterCountry Adoption Manager, Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper Michigan, Inc., (414)304-6920 or Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Presenter: Izidor Ruckel spent the first eleven years of his life hidden in Romania’s “Hospital of The Irrecoverable Children” where children with even minor disabilities were warehoused. Izidor survived by his wits, his unbreakable spirit, and the kindness of some workers, until he escaped through adoption to America. In this amazing presentation, Izidor will talk about his life in an overcrowded, abusive institution; the challenges he faced in moving to a new family; and his struggles through the tangled maze of adolescence and young adulthood. He will also share his dream and plan to make a difference the world, especially those children still living in the orphanages of Romania.
Izidor Ruckel is the author of Abandoned for Life and the Author and Producer of Given our Chance. He has been featured several times on ABC News 20/20 special television series: Shame of a Nation. He traveled back to Romania with ABC News 20/20’s correspondent Tom Jerriel and crew in 2001 to investigate further. He is now determined to help those orphans left behind by investigating even further through traveling to Romania again and creating a documentary of his findings.
Location: The Dorothy Goff Recital Hall is located in the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University. Carroll University is located at 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Take I-94 north to Milwaukee. Exit on I-894 west and proceed to I-43 south (Beloit exit). Take I-43 to Hwy 164 (Waukesha-Big Bend exit). Exit Hwy 164 north. Proceed due north approximately seven miles to Carroll University. DO NOT follow Hwy 164 when it turns right at Hwy 59. Continue north and you will be on East Avenue. Shattuck Music Hall will be on your left, north of W. College Avenue and South of Wisconsin Ave/Broadway.
Take I-43 north to Hwy 164. Then follow directions from Chicago above.
Take I-94 west. Proceed past the Hwy 18 Waukesha exit. Exit on Hwy F south (Exit 295). Cross Moreland Boulevard and continue south on Hwy 18 West (North Street) to Barstow Street which is 2.5 miles south of I-94. Turn left on Barstow Street. Barstow Street will dead end at College Avenue. Turn left on W. College Avenue, then turn left on East Avenue. Shattuck Music Hall will be on your left, north of W. College Avenue and South of Wisconsin Avenue/Broadway.
Take I-94 east and exit on Hwy F south (Exit 295). Then follow directions from Milwaukee.
Cost: A free will donation will be collected at the door. All proceeds will benefit Izidor Ruckel’s new journey and documentary to Romania. If you are unable to attend, or would like to make a donation in advance of the event, visit http://www.abandonedforlife.com/donate.html