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An Evening with An Extraordinary Woman: Iyanla Vanzant

Get ready to be inspired and challenged by Iyanla Vanzant on Monday, May 19, 2008, at 7 p.m. at The Lincoln Center Performance Hall, Fort Collins, Colorado. Iyanla Vanzant (pronounced (E-Yan-La) is a nationally known inspirational speaker and life coach from the television show Starting Over, a frequent guest on Oprah, the author of several best-selling books such as Acts of Faith, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, and In the Meantime.

Iyanla can add the title “actressapostrophe to her resume. Recently, Iyanla had a role in the movie, The Moses Code. (Iyanla is also a lawyer and an ordained minister.) Her passion is to teach and challenge men and women to overcome life’sobstacles. Iyanla experienced sexual abuse as a teenager, lived in the projects of a major city, survived an abusive marriage and finally decided that she was finished allowing herself to be victimized. Now, Iyanla’s candid yet compassionate words touch the souls of all the men and women she meets.

Iyanla especially has a heart for Women. Iyanla is the type of woman that you could sit and chat with over coffee. In fact, someone once called Iyanla “ guru from the hood.apostrophe

On a spiritual level Iyanla’s goal is to teach other people from various lifestyles how to overcome life tragedies. As an ordained minister she is a down to earth minister that believes that every human being is “divine.apostrophe Indeed, Iyanla has taught people how life works by her ability to lead by example. Iyanla proves that it is possible to take control of your life despite trauma and adversity. She says, “I used to be just another black woman, but today, I am a child of God! This means I am unique, but I am not special. I am an ordinary person who is dedicated to doing extra ordinary things in the service of God and God’s people.apostrophe Of course, Iyanla brings a life-changing message and a dose of humor that makes people feel like they are talking with their best friend. On a lighter note, Iyanla describes herself as a grandmother and “a shoe fanatic.apostrophe In fact, Iyanla owns 80 pairs of shoes!

The evening is sure to be inspirational especially with the Abyssinian Christian Church Adult Choir opening with uplifting and joyful music.

Bella Spark Productions would like to share Iyanla’s message with other women in the community; therefore, the production company has gifted organizations such as Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates, (SAVA), CrossRoad’s Safe house, Aspen House for Women and Project Self-Sufficiency with tickets. Furthermore, a portion of the ticket’s proceeds will be donated to the Kathy Velosky Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $27-$37 and can be purchased through the Lincoln Center Box Office at 970-221-6730 or at www. lctix.com.