Another Successful Tom Hanks Day!

More than 450 fans flooded into Lincoln Hall for 14th annual #TomHanksDay in Chicago on April Fools. Tom Hanks for President posters adorned the walls. Many wore Tom Hanks t-shirts.

Revelers bought tickets for a chance to take home signed Tom movie memorabilia like DVDs, posters, a Wilson volleball (from Castaway) and the grand prize, one his famous typewriters.  Megan (below) was won the lucky winner.  People came dressed as characters from Tom’s movies like Catch Me If You Can, Forrest Gump, Castaway, and others. The costume contest was won by – who else – Forrest Gump. Snippets from Tom’s many movies entertained throughout the day on a overhead big screen. A local brewery provided the beer.THD5

Our Kristine Pearson attended the fun-packed celebration for the first time. She said, “Hearing about Tom Hanks Day and actually being there, well, it was great experience. Everyone was in a jolly mood and super-friendly.

Tom, as always, was incredibly generous, not only with the items he donated, but he tweeted (12.5m followers) and made a cheery video (below). Best of all, proceeds went to Lifeline Energy to provide our Lifeplayers to pastoral women in Kenya.  Kristine first met Tom Hanks Day co-founders in person last year in Zambia when they came to visit our work. “It was fantastic seeing Kevin and Kellen again and for them to be able to share their experiences in Zambia with the crowd. If I ever have the chance to come again, I wouldn’t miss it.” Kristine added.

Tom Hanks is a two-time Academy Award winner and one of the most recognised and respected actors of our time.  Watch the video he made!