Can’t Never Could, Inc. has announced Denise Jackson as the speaker for CNC’s Third Annual Grey Matters Dinner Event at The Newnan Centre, March 18, 2016. Tickets are $60, and available online at www. cantnevercouldinc.com .
A local nonprofit, Can’t Never Could was established in 2013 by Rob and Christi Estes of Newnan. Rob was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. Early in his battle with cancer, Rob and Christi decided to start a nonprofit to help those facing similar challenges.
The name “Can’t Never Could” was inspired by Rob’s mother who repreated the phrase anytime Rob, as a child, complained about something he couldn’t do.
This year’s dinner speaker, Denise Jackson, was born and raised in Newnan. Denise and her twin brother, Danny, grew up with sister Jane and brother Ron. The Jackson family were faithful members of Unity Baptist Church, which profoundly shaped Denise’s faith, even as a young child.
High school sweethearts, Denise and Alan married when Denise was 19 and Alan 21. Denise completed a BS degree in Early Childhood Education at West Georgia College.
Denise taught second and third grades at Atkinson Elementary School, the same school she attended.
In 1985, Alan and Denise packed all their earthly possessions into a small U-Haul trailer and drove to Nashville to pursue Alan’s dream of being a country music singer. While Alan wrote songs, performed at small clubs all over the country, Denise switched careers and became a flight attendant for Piedmont Airlines. This new career ultimately led to her meeting Glen Campbell in the Atlanta airport and Alan’s first paid writing contract.
Denise continued working until the birth of their first daughter in 1990, which happily coincided with Alan’s signing a record contract with Arista Records — the beginning of his extraordinary career that now exceeds 25 years.
Although Denise has lived her adult life in the spotlight of today’s celebrity-driven media as the wife of a country music superstar and all the perks that come with that lifestyle, she has also weathered seasons of loss, heartbreak and adversity — specifically the painful loss of her beloved brother, Ron, to suicide in 1994, the brief separation from Alan in 1998, and most recently, her 2010 cancer diagnosis.
Through it all, her Christian faith has been the anchor that has kept her grounded in the good times and has been her lifeline in seasons of pain and adversity, as she chronicled in her 2007 New York Times Bestselling autobiography, It’s All About Him, Finding the Love of My Life.
Denise believes that her life’s calling now is to be an encourager to others facing the same life-altering experiences that she has faced. She passionately professes “the power of God to heal, redeem and restore anything in our lives that is not as it should be — as we take hold of the promises found in His Word through prayer and believing.”
The Can’t Never Could Grey Matters Dinner Event with Denise Jackson is set for Friday, March 18, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd. in Newnan. In addition to individual seats for $60, sponsorship opportunities are also available, and Sponsorship Levels include Diamond ($4,000 or more), Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500) and Bronze ($250). Sponsorship Levels include name/ logo in event marketing and signage, mention at the event, web mentions, seats at the dinner (number varies depending on level of sponsorship), and advertising material in the event goody bag.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Can’t Never Could web-site, cantnevercouldinc.com .