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2017 Free Enterprise Dinner

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March 24, 2017


Mallory Brown, social entrepreneur, worldwide adventure traveler and humanitarian, selected to speak at 2017 Free Enterprise Dinner.
(March 24, 2017 – Hobbs, NM)  Mallory Brown, founder of World Clothesline, first band ambassador for Crowdwise, and Director of Communications for Chefs4Kids, will be the featured speaker at University of the Southwest’s annual Free Enterprise Dinner.

Sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, the dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., April 27, at the Lea County Event Center in Hobbs, NM. The dinner’s purpose is to celebrate initiative and citizens’ rights to participate in the productive commerce of free enterprise. The dinner hosts speakers who represent the ideals and values of the late Texas Legislator Hatton W. Sumners (1875-1962), so they may share their insights and business practices with the community.

Curious about the world around her, Mallory Brown, at the age of 20, strapped on a backpack and set out to discover new people and places. She fell in love with the world. She learned to appreciate different ways of life and was deeply touched the universality of basic human need.

Ten years later, Mallory has become a successful social entrepreneur, worldwide adventure traveler, and humanitarian. She is founder of World Clothes Line – a “buy 1, give 1” apparel company on a mission to clothe the world. Mallory is the first brand ambassador for CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good. As director of the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project, she runs flash fundraisers that engage donors in full-circle philanthropy. Mallory also serves as Director of Communication for global nonprofit Chefs4Kids. She creates innovative strategies for giving and transforms the lives of children in need around the world.

Mallory has worked on-the-ground in 22 countries, representing dozens of companies, and hundreds of generous donors to help thousands in need. Her efforts have been featured by The Today Show, the New York Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Huffington Post, and Ambassador Magazine. Mallory has attracted corporate sponsorship from organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Zappos, Moosejaw Mountaineering, CreateMyTee, and Meijer. Mallory shared her new approach to philanthropy at TedxDetroit 2015 with a talk titled “How to Save the World Before You’re 30.”

Mallory was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives on the edge of
Detroit. She believes that direct, personal giving will inspire the next generation to give back. Mallory’s unique approach to charity is making a mark in the philanthropic world and proves that each person truly can make a difference.
In addition to Brown’s keynote address, the Free Enterprise Dinner will award the “Trustees of Free Enterprise” to Hobbs resident, James H. (Jim) Britton.  Mr. Britton has been a resident of Hobbs for 66 years.  He is a 1965 graduate of Hobbs High School and a 1969 Honor Graduate of New Mexico State University with a BS in Chemistry.
He was employed at Unichem International for 41 years, and served as President for 7 years.

He and his wife Judy are the parents of two daughters, and blessed with two grandchildren and a son-in- law.

His community activities have included Lea County Commission, United Way, University of the Southwest, Salvation Army, and First United Methodist Church.
The “Trustee of Free Enterprise” award is University of the Southwest’s most distinguished award and is given for outstanding business achievements, for an established reputation for conducting responsible and ethical business practices, for community leadership, and for investment of time and resources toward the preservation of a free society.

For the second year the evening will also include a live and silent auction.  Items featured in this year’s auction include exciting experiences such as a hot air balloon ride for 2, rod and reel fishing for 2, white water rafting for 2, iPad Mini 4s, a catered meal for 6, Yeti products, a handmade barbeque grill, a Fly Hobbs voucher, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, works of art, a handmade quilt, an Air Defender Drone with Camera, Google Home, household goods and much, much more.

Sponsorships for the event are available at different levels and include designated tables for the dinner and recognition in the event program. Individual tickets are $50 and student sponsored tickets are $25.  For more information, contact Kathryn Eades, Development and External Relations Coordinator, at 575-492-2108, or by email at keades@usw.edu.