‘Pursuit of Happyness’ Author Available For Interviews Prior to Mentor Tech April Banquet Event

Media advisory for pre-event interviews.

WHO: Christopher Gardner

WHAT: Media availability

WHEN: Today through April 25.

WHERE: By phone or during the Mentor Tech Banquet at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall.

EVENT: Christopher Gardner, rags-to-riches author of "The Pursuit of Happyness" and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, will be available for interviews prior to serving as keynote speaker at the Mentor Tech Banquet.

The banquet supports the Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech), a program that enhances the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations.

A series of circumstances in the 1980s left Gardner and his toddler son homeless in San Francisco. Without connections or a college degree, he earned a spot in the Dean Witter Reynolds training program, and then became a top earner at Bear Stearns & Co.

Gardner’s book recently was made into a movie with Oscar-nominated Will Smith playing Gardner’s character.

Tickets are $35 apiece or $400 and $600 for tables of eight.

To organize an interview with Gardner or for more information on the banquet, contact Cory Powell.

CONTACT: Cory S. Powell, associate director, Mentor Tech Mentoring Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-8692, cory.powell@ttu.edu.