LUCILLE O’NEAL – Author, Mother of Shaquille O’Neal, and Motivational and Inspirational Speaker – coming to Rockford for MELD’s Celebrity Event – Thursday, February 6, 2014

MELD’s Celebrity Event – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

6:00PM VIP Reception & Book Signing – Meet and Greet Lucille

7:00PM Dinner, Auction, Raffle and Program

at Giovanni’s – 610 N. Bell School Rd.

$65.oo a Person or $600.00 for Table of Ten – Dinner and Program with Lucille

VIP Reception and Book Signing – “MEET and GREET” Lucille” – $90.00 a Person or

$800.00 for Table of Ten (includes Lucille’s Book – “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go”

 As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, sport icon Shaquille O’Neal, Lucille O’Neal’s journey is exceptional; and her story reveals that she is more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” Lucille may make you laugh or cry—and in the process you will be encouraged, enlightened, and empowered.

Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O’Neal’s circumstances shaped her perspective and strengthened her resolve to overcome the challenges she would encounter later in life. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse and addiction, yet today her faith and compassion for others are stronger than ever.

O’Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single teen mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcée, and, above all, a woman of unique courage.  Lucille found it difficult to find her footing in life. She ran with the wrong crowd and eventually wound up pregnant during her senior year in high school. Her first child, Shaquille, turned her life around and gave Lucille the wherewithal to get her life on track.

O’Neal shares her struggles and disappointments against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments and shows the process she went through to change from “Mental Welfare to Mental Health”.  She shares the facts of her life and opens her heart in a very sincere way. Her story is one that has taken her from the inner city to around the world and gives insight into social, moral & cultural issues. Her legacy is not just in giving the world a top basketball player, but in the positive message of hope that she leaves with the world. Her story   is proof that “it’s never too late for a new beginning.”