Actor, producer, director and author Henry Winkler addressed a record-setting audience at Springer School and Center’s fundraising event A Springer Celebration! 2013 on April 24. Winkler shared with 470 attendees the story of his struggles in school as a youngster in New York City. Unaware that he was contending with dyslexia, Winkler suffered low self-esteem because of his poor scholastic performance, but persevered, ultimately earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
Not until his stepson was diagnosed with dyslexia was Winkler’s own diagnosis made, at age 30. Since then, Winkler has become a champion of children with learning disabilities and has co-written more than 20 children’s books that convey his message to them: “no matter how you learn, it has nothing to do with your brilliance. You have greatness inside you.”
Winkler’s appearance marks his second visit to A Springer Celebration! The actor spoke at the event in 2004.
Springer alumni parents David and Martha Millett chaired the event. Martha is a member of Springer’s Board of Trustees. Local 12 WKRC TV Sports Director Brad Johansen was on hand as emcee and auctioneer for the evening’s program, themed “Reach for the Stars: An Evening with Henry Winkler.” Proceeds from the event will provide critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.