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Divine Servant Award Celebration

Friday, June 3, 2022 | 5:00 PM | WLC Recreation Complex - Time of Grace Center

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Divine Servant Award Celebration
Friday, June 3, 2022

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Wisconsin Lutheran College will present the Divine Servant Award to Kathie Lee Gifford during a celebration event on Friday, June 3, 2022. Gifford is an Emmy Award-winning host and prolific playwright, recording artist, author, and humanitarian who brings an uplifting spirit to every event.

The 2022 Divine Servant Award Celebration will take place on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus in the Recreation Complex - Time of Grace Center, 8725 West Wisconsin Avenue, Wauwatosa.  



5:00 p.m. - Reception

6:15 p.m. - Dinner

7:30 p.m. - Award Program and A Conversation with Kathie Lee Gifford

8:40 p.m. - Afterglow Reception with Music


Emmy Award-winning Host and Playwright

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Candid to her core, Kathie Lee Gifford is an uplifting voice to anyone who has ever taken themselves too seriously. With a heartfelt message of sharing God's love, Gifford is looking forward to discussing her experiences in show business and learning to be true to herself. Pulling from the authenticity of her 11 years on TODAY, Gifford inspires audiences to accept who they are and encourage them to become even better.

A bona fide television icon, Kathie Lee Gifford is happiest when she's doing what she feels God has called her to do. Following her calling to entertainment, the singer, actress, and producer is best known for her time alongside Hoda Kotb co-hosting NBC's beloved 4th hour of TODAY. The two were celebrated for their legacy on television after they won an Emmy in 2019 for “Best Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts.” Before she was on TODAY, Gifford was the co-host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee on ABC for 15 years. Gifford was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2015 and received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in April 2021. In late 2018, Gifford announced that she would be leaving TODAY to pursue the film career of her dreams. Gifford made her directorial film debut in 2019 with The God Who Sees, an oratorio she co-wrote with singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen that has been streamed by millions.

Outside of her work in film and television, Gifford is a prolific playwright, recording artist, author, and humanitarian.

She has written several musicals, including Broadway's Scandalous, which received a Tony Award nomination for “Best Actress” in 2012. Scandalous follows Aimee McPherson as she recounts the controversy and consecration of her early 20th-century life from the pulpit of her popular Hollywood church. The show is a moving tale that teaches, “God is bigger than any mistake anyone will ever make.”

Additionally, Gifford has released several music albums over the years, including Born for You and Gentle Grace.

She has been a brand ambassador for companies ranging from Carnival Cruise Line to Walmart and more recently has joined QVC to feature her line of award-winning wines called GIFFT Wines.

As an author, Gifford has written five New York Times bestsellers, including The Rock, The Road, and the Rabbi; It's Never Too Late, Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life; Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg; I Can't Believe I Said That; and the children's book Party Animals.

Gifford currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


Join us for a delightful evening of networking and mingling with fellow leaders while supporting scholarships for Wisconsin Lutheran College students who will make an impact on our community. Savor tantalizing hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer while learning about Kathie Lee Gifford's journey as a Christian leader within the entertainment industry. Feast on a three-course gourmet dinner by Bartolotta Catering and Chef Paul Bartolotta, who was interviewed by Gifford on the TODAY Show. Learn about and explore the amazing path of Gifford's career in film, television, Broadway, music recording, and writing through a moderated conversation. Cap off your evening with musical entertainment while enjoying a coffee and dessert bar.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will directly impact the next generation of Christian servant leaders in the form of scholarships at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

For more information about the event, please contact Rich Mannisto, Vice President of Advancement, by email or at 414.443.8788. 

If you've already registered for the 2022 Divine Servant Award Celebration, but you need to update the names of your guests or their meal choices, please visit this webpage.


Wisconsin Lutheran College established the Divine Servant Award in 2017 as an opportunity to honor an individual who exemplifies qualities of Christian servant leadership and has exhibited Christian values throughout his or her life of service. We seek to amplify our mission of preparing Christian servant leaders who will influence and change our world. This honor is intended to be bestowed upon a high-profile individual, and the event will serve as an awareness and fundraising opportunity for Wisconsin Lutheran College. Past awardees have included:

  • President George W. Bush - 2017
  • Tony Dungy - 2018
  • David Green - 2019
  • Tim Tebow - 2021

We are privileged to recognize Kathie Lee Gifford, Emmy Award-winning host and playwright, as our featured speaker and recipient of the 2022 Divine Servant Award.