Couple From The Vow Featured At FTF Fall Banquet Sept. 24

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Things First, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families, will host Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, inspiration for the hit movie, The Vow, for their 16th Annual Fall Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

After being married for less than a year, Mr. Carpenter and his bride Krickitt were involved in a serious car accident.  Mrs. Carpenter sustained a traumatic brain injury and awoke from a coma with no memory of being married or even meeting her husband.  Though brokenhearted, Mr. Carpenter refused to give up on his marriage.  

Through time, patience and Mr. Carpenter’s devotion to Mrs. Carpenter, the couple fell in love and married all over again.  This story inspired the motion picture The Vow starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.   

“When I first heard the Carpenters tell this story in their own words, I was blown away,” says FTF president and CEO Julie Baumgardner.  “The commitment demonstrated in their marriage experience is at the very core of our mission at First Things First.  We are so pleased to have them join us as we celebrate 16 years of strengthening marriages and families in our community. This is one event you won’t want to miss.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.  For ticket information or to purchase a corporate table, please call 267-5383 or visit firstthings.org



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