ADRIAN, Mich – George Dennehy, international musician and motivator, is coming to Adrian College on Wednesday, March 15, to relay his inspiring tale of tragedy and triumph. The Adrian College Office of Academic Services is sponsoring this ribbons endorsed event as a part of Disabilities Awareness Week. Dennehy’s speech, titled “UNDEFEETED,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.
Dennehy, originally from Romania, was born without arms. He was abandoned at an orphanage as an infant — an experience that very nearly killed him. However, his luck changed for the better when an American family adopted him and brought him to the United States. Here, he learned to play the cello, the guitar, the electric base, and the piano — all with his feet. His sheer dedication even afforded him the opportunity to play with regional orchestras. The world discovered Dennehy in 2012, when his cover of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls went viral online. He consequently received a large amount of media coverage from all over the globe. When the Goo Goo Dolls learned of him, they invited him to join them on stage at Musikfest, an event which draws thousands of music lovers each year.
Since then, Dennehy has played alongside numerous famous musicians from across America and around the world. He has also become a motivational speaker, teaching countless people that “every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible.”