Corey Medina to deliver keynote address at United Way of 1000 Lakes Annual Campaign Celebration and Best of Awards Event - March 22, 2018 - and YOU ARE INVITED!!!

by Christina Monson

A self-proclaimed “walking miracle,” Corey Medina is no stranger to the perils of drugs, depression, and suicidal thoughts and attempts. However, unlike so many in our very own backyards, his story has a happy future. But more importantly, it has a powerful message.

An inspiration to thousands of followers, Medina’s blues music and raw lyrics have cut through many souls and minds to help bring people out of the darkness and into the light.

In a recent interview with Lake Time Magazine, Medina stated, “What I do have is scars like everyone else, more or less than others. I have bad thoughts and doubts about myself and the world. I also have a story that was on its way to a bad ending, and now it’s not thanks to circumstances of my spirituality and love of others. I have a simple story that can hopefully shed light on someone’s darkness and help them realize if a fool like me can get through my hard times, they can too. I get to do that through unpolished ugly blues and rock n’ roll.”

Medina will grace the United Way of 1000 Lakes stage on Thursday, March 22 to deliver a keynote address that speaks to the mission of United Way. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we’re excited to have this powerful, yet sobering, message delivered to the community and the agencies our local United Way supports. Our goal is to send a message of hope and support for those who are fighting this fight every day.

Community supporters, donors, and volunteers are invited to join us on Thursday, March 22 from 4:30-7pm at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids to celebrate the culmination of the 2017 Campaign season. The evening will include highlights from the past year, recognition and volunteer awards, live music by Corey Medina & Brothers, and the final reveal of dollars raised for the community. Keynote presenter, Corey Medina, will inspire hope through his story and intimate, raw, soulful music.

For more on the United Way of 1000 Lake’s mission and the Campaign Celebration and Best of Awards Event, please visit