Speakers and entertainers

Known to millions as the young man whose story was told in a 1993 movie called 
"Rudy," Ruettiger fought to realize his dream of playing for Notre Dame's football team—and sacked the quarterback in the only play of his college career. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States, reaching school children, university students and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm and spirit.
Keynote speaker Rudy Ruettiger will talk during the Opening Session, on Thursday, June 28.

Dina Buno is the star of the 2017 film “Dina,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the International Documentary Association and the Peek Award from the Utah Film Center, which honors individuals who make a positive impact on
dina2society's perception of people who are differently-abled. A resident of Glenside, Pennsylvania, Dina is an active member of the Abington Aktion Club—as well as an autism advocate and public speaker. She is currently working on her memoir. She lives with her husband Scott and her cat Salem. 

Dina will address Kiwanians during the Opening Session, on Thursday, June 28.


Celebrate nearly five decades of hits with legendary music icons Three Dog Night. In the years 1969 through 1974 alone, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets.
Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three No. 1 singles: "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" and "Black and White."

Three Dog Night - HR photo This Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on its legacy alone. New and existing fans buy Three Dog Night's music on iTunes as well as at record stores. Releases from this decade alone have sold well over a million copies. Its records continue to sell around the world. Since 1986, the band has performed more than 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.
Three Dog night will perform during the Saturday, June 30, Celebrate! Gala. This is a ticketed event you can book as part of your registration process.

A magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country: A group of children in a program called The Penguin Project take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of “peer mentors”, children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them. By providing access to community theater, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. The Penguin Project is excited to bring its special brand of theatre magic to the Kiwanis convention stage!gettysburg4
The Penguins might not be able to fly, but that does not prevent their spirits from soaring.
The Penguin project will perform prior to the Opening Session, on Thursday, June 28. 
They will also hold a booth and perform a number of times in the World Showcase.

Drew, Kasie, and Chloe Gasparini grew up in a house filled with music and creativity, and they began writing songs and performing together at a very young age. Each of them has enjoyed success in their independent careers: Drew as a Broadway composer, Kasie as an actress, and Chloe as a solo artist.  But whatever else they might be working on, they continue to find a sense of home in the music that they write and perform together as Saint Adeline. Their beautiful folk pop music lives up to their namesake, the patron of poetry and verse, and their energy onstage is magnetic. In less than two years, they have won over hearts from NY to Nashville to London. Saint Adeline
Saint Adeline will perform before the Saturday, June 30, Closing Session.