Maxwell also read excerpts from some of the nomination letters received by the Daily Iowegian.
“[One] letter stated, ‘Once a project becomes a goal, rest assured the goal will be reached even though the resources seem to be unavailable. He finds a way through his own hard work and determination,’” said Maxwell.
While accepting the award, Hoffman spoke about some of the accomplishments he is looking forward to completing in the next year, including finishing the cabins at Lelah Bradley Park.
The keynote speaker for the night was Charla Fox-Schafer, the creator of Foxville Entertainment who is also a humorist, motivational speaker and trainer. Fox-Schafer entertained the crowd with anecdotes and personal stories about how to “lower the bar” in personal and professional life in order to make change easier and aspire higher.
Fox-Schafer spoke about making big life changes and accomplishing large goals by focusing on each small step needed to reach the desired outcome. Fox-Schafer said for most people the toughest part of making a change is taking the first step so if a person sets the bar very low, it makes goals more attainable. So instead of focusing on “raising the bar” as most people recommend, Fox-Schafer kept the crowd laughing throughout the presentation with her advice on how to keep the bar low to the ground to make it possible for everyone to reach.
After Fox-Schafer concluded her presentation, Bieber returned to the stage once more to thank the speakers and attendees while bringing the evening to a close.