St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2016) – Eight years to the day after the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency water landing that captivated the world, Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger III comes to St. Petersburg, the birthplace of scheduled commercial aviation, to share his remarkable story. Sponsored by Sabal Trust and Smith & Associates, 208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons will take place at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
Capt. Sullenberger’s story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. In this riveting presentation, he shares details from the 208 seconds that put his entire career on the line. He reminds audiences, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for – that life’s challenges can be met if we’re ready for them.
Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting.
Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the recent motion picture Sully starred multuiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Sullenberger.
He is The New York Times bestselling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, and also wrote Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders.
Tickets, $45.50, $57.50 and $75, go on sale Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts member can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Special VIP packages are available; call 727.893.7832 for information. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.
The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.