DOUGLAS, MI - New York Times best-selling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his best friend, Tuesday, will keynote the Golden Gala, an event on Friday, April 26, which benefits Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance and Operation Injured Soldiers.
Montalván is a former U.S. Army Captain who wrote Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, his memoir about his struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other wounds, and "Tuesday," his service dog who saved and has helped him recover. Captain Montalván served 17 years in the U.S. Army, including two combat tours, before departing the military, wounded. He is highly decorated with numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and the Combat Action Badge.
Tuesday has also had his own struggles and challenges prior to being partnered with Luis. The book is really the story of how two wounded warriors, each who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other.
"We're excited to help bring Captain Montalván and Tuesday to West Michigan," Golden Gala Co-Chair Lynda Stein said. "He's a wonderful speaker with a powerful story, a perfect tie-in with the two organizations who will benefit from the event."
A major motion picture based on Until Tuesday, as well as an independent documentary titled Buried Above Ground co-featuring Captain Montalván, will be released in 2013.
"We are thrilled that Wishbone was chosen as one of the organizations to benefit from the Golden Gala," said Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance Director Susan Smith. "We are so grateful to longtime Wishbone supporters and volunteers Lynda Stein and Angel Vogel who are organizing this wonderful event."
The Golden Gala featuring Captain Montalván and Tuesday is at the Laketown Golf and Conference Center in Saugatuck. The April 26 event starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, a book signing and a silent auction, and, of course, the keynote presentation.
Tickets to the event are available now at www.wishbonepetrescue.com or http://goldengala.eventbrite.com Or, you may contact Angel Vogel by phone at (847) 922-2240 for tickets.
To learn more about Captain Montalván and Tuesday, visit www.until-tuesday.com