In my 30 years in education, I have seen hundreds of school assemblies and yours was by far the best.
Louie Lusk, Prevention Specialist, Southeastern IL Counseling Centers, Inc. March 7, 2017
Thank you for making me realize my son needs me more than alcohol
19 year old DUI offender March 7, 2017
I just want to personally thank you for coming in to speak to my chapter the other day. Your story truly touched my heart and I thank you for having the strength to share. I lost my Dad to a drunk driver the same year I was born. Hearing your strength has inspired me to be strong too.
Kali, Kent State University March 7, 2017
I want to personally thank you for your outstanding speaking engagements September 10-12th, 2014. Your efforts to enhance cultural resiliency was enjoyed by over 300 Airmen and their families. I’d also like to thank you for your commitment and attention to detail to help ensure a positive environment to build life skills and competencies for our Airmen. I am grateful for people like you who step forward and bolster my belief that “Only the Best Come North.
Jeffrey D. Neischel, Colonel, USAF March 7, 2017
Hey man loved your speech tonight; I was that kid in the red hoodie. Love that you keep pursuing, keep it going. I’ve went to AA meetings, Classes been in the whole circle. And not a single speech has touched me, but yours actually almost had me in tears just even thinking about that kind of stuff. You’re not a victim. You’re not only a survivor man, you’re a champion. Because you’ve done what most people haven’t in their entire lifetime. Realized what you’re here for. Please don’t stop what you’re doing man. I’ll hope for Big John.
Ryan from the Stow Muni Court program March 7, 2017
Yooo – So you were just at my school, Poland. Yeah I want to give you a hug! You really impacted me. Hearing your story is different from a lot of others. Usually it’s “I lost someone I love” Or “I lost a family member” and sure yours was the same, but we got to hear the part of being in the crash which is what we are always missing. In the past it’s always been this could happen to you and we’d think it could be a loved one or friend but this year it was more this could happen to ME! Which made it completely different and I just wanted to thank you so much for coming and “brightening our horizons” if you’d call it that. I think it was more of a “be yourself” but stay alive while you do it type thing I mean. I don’t know, you’re a cool speaker okay, like Kiss Wow, okay wasn’t expecting that. But that’s who you are and as you can tell, we all loved it! I really needed that aspect of your speech too because sometimes I hide who I am. You kind of helped me with the whole “it’s okay to be yourself” aspect of our assembly. I just wanted to say thanks and that you’re a pretty cool dude and I hope to hear back from you and I wish you luck on May 1st. I believe in you!
Gabrielle, Poland High School March 7, 2017
The overall presentation was informative, eye-opening and touching due to the personal touch. There was a great deal of humor which made the personal not as intense. This was more inviting for the audience to be able to participate as we did and share your life story. Thank you.
Andrea, Lake Erie College March 7, 2017
I just wanted to thank you so much for coming to our school. What you said tonight really affected me. Even though I was usually the DD for my friends, prevented them from driving, handed them fake drinks, and even tore keys away from their hands, you left a deeper message for me: That life is so short and every day we should take care of the people we love and care about. I will never forget what you said to us tonight and how you really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your story. I know I can never make up for what you have lost, but I want to let you know that you really affected me in a positive way. Thank you for everything.
Rachel, James Madison University March 7, 2017
Gershe – Thanks for an inspirational talk this evening. We had to have been a tough crowd for you; the audience seemed like those folks who come to AA meetings with court papers in their hands. Your talk was surprising – Amy said it would be different and interesting. I got my first DUI a few weeks ago on my 60th birthday. I’m glad to know you speak to teenagers. I’ve learned that most alcoholics start drinking in their teens. Keep up the good work!
Bill from the Stow Muni Court program March 7, 2017
I’m a junior here at KSU and a member Delta Gamma. I wanted to write you a quick email to thank you for your words today. For the past few weeks I have been in a funk and I couldn’t have heard your speech at a better time. I know your words touched so many of the women of Delta Gamma, but wanted to personally thank you for lifting up my spirits. I am a huge believer in fate and I really think that today was just a reminder for me to continue to work hard, finish the year strong and strive for a positive life. Your message was so amazing and I’m so grateful to heave heard it. Thank you again.
Alex, Kent State University. March 7, 2017
“I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to the dangers of driving even after one or two drinks. I wanted to let you know I was inspired by you. Thank you Gershe!”
Laura, Franklin High School March 7, 2017
“Michael, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming to campus and presenting your “Jewish Born, Jamaican Raised” program to my international students. Your story truly struck a chord with my students and inspired them to do good in their communities, strive to surround themselves with positive people, and to be tolerant of people from all walks of life. Given that my students hail from nine different countries, your message and motivation of these young leaders will allow for so much good to be done all over the world. Yours is a story and a message that can change the world and, by presenting to my students, your impact will be felt on a global and international level. I am confident that these leaders of tomorrow are better equipped to make a difference because of your influence. Thank you for showing them that one person can make a difference and that superheroes really do exist in our world. ”
Ariel Hernandez, Program Coordinator, Community College Initiative (CCI) Valencia College – West Campus April 8, 2017
Michael Gershe is appropriate for all age groups, genders, races, etc. because his goofy sense of humor makes him approachable, warm, self-effacing, and he is interested in his audience with no sense of ego. His message is poignant, humorous, sad, yet uplifting, even if that combination seems impossible. In short, I would recommend Mike and his message to anyone without reservation.
Judge Kim R. Hoover, Stow Municipal Court November 27, 2017