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Youth Celebration: Keynote

David LaMotte
For 18 years David LaMotte toured full-time as a singer/songwriter, spending nearly 200 days per year on the road. In that time, he developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and grants as well as artist sponsorships from Taylor Guitars and John Pearse Strings. Several independent films feature David's music, and it has been heard on the Today Show, the HBO television series "This American Life." He suspended his music career at its peak in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

David is also very familiar with Mo-Ranch. Before accepting the Rotary Fellowship in 2008, he was the concert artist for College Connection for many years. In the fall of 2010, Mo-Ranch was pleased to welcome David back as the keynote speaker and concert artist for the inaugural Young Adult Weekend.

In 2004 David and Deanna, his wife, founded PEG Partners, a small non-profit organization that supports schools and libraries in Guatemala. He continues to volunteer as the program director for PEG. Until recently, he also a consultant on Peace and Justice at the North Carolina Council of Churches.

LaMotte serves on the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Committee, working with 12 people on three continents to determine the AFSC's nomination each year. As a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947, the AFSC is qualified to make an annual nomination.

Now based in North Carolina with his wife and two-year-old son, Mason, David has returned to limited touring, nationally and internationally, to speak and sing.

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