February 24, 2024

Cocktails 6:00 p.m.
Plated Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Program to Follow
featuring Ginger and Mark Whitacre, The Informant

The Well Imagine Gala One Story

Featuring Keynote Speakers Ginger & Mark Whitacre

“From Selfish Leader to Servant Leader—
A Story of Redemption and Second Chances”

Mark and Ginger Whitacre
The Well Imagine Gala One Story

We are The Well
Comprised of many
Each Giving

Coming Together

One volunteer
One client
One donor
One Works employee
One staff member
One partner
One board member

Each story woven together
Into His story
    For His purpose
        His glory
            His people

Join your story with ours
To serve our community
Care for its people
And give hope for the future

One Story at a Time

Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and is considered the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in U.S. history and was responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990s. However, it was actually Mark’s wife Ginger that forced Mark to turn himself into the FBI and she is the true whistleblower of the largest price-fixing scandal in US history.

Mark’s undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the 2009 major motion picture, “The Informant,” starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, and the 2010 Discovery Channel documentary ‘Undercover” archived on Mark Whitacre’s website, www.markwhitacre.com. The book, “Mark Whitacre Against all Odds“, describes the rest of the story about how faith has molded Mark’s life since the ADM scandal. Mark’s story is mostly about how God transformed his life, and about redemption and second chances. It is an inspirational story about a family surviving against all odds.

After completing B.S. and M.S. degrees at Ohio State University, Mark then earned his Ph.D. degree at Cornell University in biochemistry (1983). After he completed his Ph.D., he worked for some Fortune 500 companies including Ralston Purina, Degussa (Evonik), and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Mark was hired at ADM, the 56th largest company on the Fortune 500 at the time, when he was 32 years of age. As the president of the BioProducts Division from its launch, he was the youngest divisional president in the history of the company.

Currently, Mark Whitacre is the Vice President of Culture & Care and the Executive Director of t-factor at Coca-Cola Consolidated. Coca-Cola Consolidated is a faith-based, purpose driven company with an Official Purpose Statement of “To honor God in all we do by serving others, pursuing excellence and growing profitably”.

Douglas Burris, former chief of U.S. Federal Probation in the Eastern District of Missouri, has stated publicly, “The story about Mark Whitacre’s redemption and second chance is one of the most inspirational stories of our time.”

Mark and his wife of 44 years, Ginger, have three grown children.

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Our community is made up of many, yet we are one. Our unique stories we bring are many, yet we are a part of one.

1 Corinthians 12:12-20 says:

12 For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink. 14 Indeed, the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

Join your story to ours…

One Story at a Time