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EPIC 2013

For the Greater Good, For a Greater Life was the theme of EPIC 2013. The goal was to inspire consciousness – to volunteer, to support, to get involved in a cause, or to fight for a belief that is greater than you. The act of helping others can help you grow and succeed as an individual.

During this three-day journey, we met individuals who selflessly help others. We felt their passion, commitment and love for their cause and the individuals they assist. Their drive and compassion was contagious.

EPIC 2013 Speakers

Bill Strickland
A visionary who creates opportunity, education and partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future, and author of “Make the Impossible Possible.”

Court Crandall
Changed the lives of eight seniors from Compton High School with a free-throw contest for a college scholarship that resulted in an extreme act of gratitude and charity by the winner.

Okello SamOkello Sam
Founder of Hope North Uganda, a sanctuary for young people whose lives have been stolen after being forced to be child-soldiers. Okello uses music and education to heal and empower them.

Daryl Hannah
Actor and activist for many environmental causes, including teaching others how to live “off the grid.” She is also an advocate for abolishing sex slavery, going undercover in Asia to film this atrocity first-hand.

Craig Kielburger
At the young age of 12, this energetic founder of Feed the Children inspires youth to get involved and volunteer, not only locally, but globally.

Tom SkerrittTom Skerritt
A local Seattleite, actor and founder of the Red Badge Project at Joint Base Lewis McChord, supporting soldiers suffering from PTSD through storytelling to reconstruct their individual sense of purpose and self-worth.


Kenny G
A Northwest native and phenomenally successful saxophonist, he spoke to us about the connection that music makes with people – something that we all know well when working with our elderly residents.

Geena Davis
Actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to educate and influence the need for gender balance in entertainment targeted at children.

Gabby Giffords and Mark KellyMark Kelly and Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords
The married Congresswoman and astronaut, whose lives were forever altered when she was the target of an attempted assassination on January 8, 2011. We were honored when Gabby joined her husband on stage to tell us that her spirit “is stronger than ever!”