11IA2 LIVE_Evansville_2015_1234_17Evansville, IN was once noted as #8 most miserable city in America. But through the I am Second movement, the citizens now gleen with hope. Underscoring more than 600 individuals from the Tri-State attended I am Second Live in Evansville on February 26.

Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, I am Second Live  also featured American Idol alum Danny Gokey performing and speaking about his personal experience with city transformation in Nashville through his non-profit, Sophia’s Heart. Local musicians Gina Moore and After Hours lent their talents to the evening along with television personality Randy Moore and hip-hop artist, Sean Little.

A panel discussion of four local leaders from Evansville moderated by Metaxas showcased a desire for citizens of Evansville to come together and transform the city. The panel featured Community One Executive Director Eric Cummings, City Church Lead Pastor Jeff Kinkade, One Life Network Lead Pastor Bret Nicholson and YMCA of Southwestern Indiana CEO Derrick Stewart and resulted in a call for greater unity in serving the city.

A big highlight of the night was a new I am Second-inspired film featuring Lindsay Schroer, the wife of the late Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer whose film was released by I am Second last year after his death.  In her film Lindsay talked about how the community has embraced her since her husband’s death.

The community of Evansville left the event encouraged that America’s #8 most miserable city in the nation was no more. A few comments from the guests topped off the night:

“Great job tonight! What a great night for  unity in the city!”

“… it was really a treat to be there.  It was such a professional and fun evening!”

“It was my first real exposure to what I am Second is about and it certainly has a powerful message that deserves support.”

“The I am Second Live event inspired me in ways I cannot adequately describe.”