Wednesday, August 19, 2015

'The Young and the Restless' Alum Steve Ford to Speak in Minnesota in Support of Homeless Women and Families

Steve Ford
The Young and the Restless alum Steve Ford (actor and son of President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford) will join with emcee Jearlyn Steele to lend their voices and personal stories of overcoming adversity to a captivated audience at this year’s Voices for Victory gala to raise funds for Emma Norton Services.

As a motivational speaker, Steve Ford has entertained and inspired audiences with anecdotes of how his famous family dealt with his mother's battles with alcoholism and breast cancer and how he overcame his own struggles with the bottle. He talks about the high price he paid for bad choices involving drugs and alcohol, the early habits he formed that led to his addiction, and his road to recovery. He will share many historic and never-before-seen photos, slides, and videos.

All proceeds benefit Emma Norton Services, an organization that provides housing and support to women and families struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency.

More information can be found at or by calling (651) 251-2632.

The son of former President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, Steve Ford has successfully negotiated the bumpy road from the White House to a successful 20-year career as an actor in Hollywood. A teenager when his father assumed the reins of the presidency from Richard Nixon, Ford left the White House ate age 18 to pursue his dream of being a cowboy on cattle ranches out West, followed closely by his ten secret service agents.

He later went on to a successful acting career, appearing in over 30 movies including Contact with Jodie Foster, Armageddon with Bruce Willis, Starship Troopers, Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heat with Al Pacino, and When Harry Met Sally as Meg Ryan's boyfriend.

Ford also appeared as Andy Richards for six years on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama The Young and The Restless, hosted the NBC show Secret Service, and has appeared in shows such as JAG, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Suddenly Susan.

One of Ford's most rewarding roles has been that of motivational speaker, relating his inspiring experiences during his family's stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. He shares a broad range of stories, including how his family dealt with Betty Ford's battles with alcoholism and breast cancer, and his own successful fight in overcoming alcoholism.

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