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CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT
WITH HENRY WINKLER
By Lisa Scheid, Director of Communications & Marketing,
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

H

enry Winkler, actor, director,
producer and New York Times bestselling author, brought his positive
and inspiring message to GRCA's Annual
Dinner on Thursday, May 23. The Dinner
is the area's largest gathering of business and
community leaders, attracting a crowd of
about 1,000 people.

In 2003 his career proceeded on a path
that he could never have anticipated; he
began writing series of children's novels
entitled "Hank Zipzer: The World's
Greatest Under-Achiever." The books have
appeared on several best seller lists and are
inspired by Winkler's struggle throughout
his education due to his dyslexia.

Winkler's warm personality and
humor charmed the audience as he shared
humorous anecdotes about his storied career
in television and entertainment, inspirational life lessons, as well as
his personal story about overcoming adversity.
Winkler greeted many of the attendees, graciously posing
for impromptu photos. Before the event Twitter was abuzz with
his visit to Shady Maple smorgasbord and a sighting at a shop in
Morgantown.
Best known for his iconic portrayal of "The Fonz" on Happy
Days, Winkler's work as an actor, director, producer and best-selling
author has garnered him two Golden Globes and, most recently, his
first Primetime Emmy Award for HBO's "Barry."
Winkler recounted how he became inspired at 7 to become an
actor and how, with persistence and support from his music teacher,
he achieved his dream. It wasn't until he was a parent in his 30s that
he learned he was dyslexic.

An avid philanthropist, Winkler uses
his position to help others, particularly
children. He is associated with many
groups, including honorary chairman of United Friends of the
Children; founding member of the Children's Action Network; cohost of the annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon; the Special Olympics
among many others. In 2011, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
awarded Winkler with an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to
children with special education needs.
The Dinner celebrates the Greater Reading business community
with the Greater Reading Top Business Awards, the Entrepreneurial
Excellence Awards, and the third annual Albert Boscov Economic
Development Award. The list of winners reflects the amazing
diversity of companies that operate in Berks.

"Don't put a period on the end of a negative
thought. Replace it with a positive."
- Henry Winkler, speaking at
GRCA Annual Dinner, according
to Reading Eagle May 25

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