Best-selling author, veteran, burn survivor and actor J.R. Martinez to headline 20th Annual Completely KIDS Author Luncheon

February 14, 2023
J.R. Martinez

Omaha (Feb. 10, 2023) – Completely KIDS welcomes New York Times best-selling author, U.S. Army veteran, burn survivor, actor and “Dancing with the Stars” winner J.R. Martinez as its keynote speaker for this year’s Author Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8. It’s the 20th anniversary of the annual Author Luncheon, a fundraiser for Completely KIDS.

In his keynote address, “Paying it Forward: The Return is Priceless,” Martinez will share stories and words of inspiration drawn from his life experience.

The Author Luncheon will be held at Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha. Registration and seating will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and speaker beginning at noon. For reservations, please visit, call 402-397-5809 or email Cost is $75 for general reservations and $50 for young professionals (guests 35 and younger).

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chief Development Officer Lacey Locklear at Completely KIDS: or 402-397-5809.

This year’s Author Luncheon is presented by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Honorary chairs are Joe and Kacey Lempka. During the luncheon, Koley Jessen law firm will be honored with the Persons Behind Completely KIDS Award. KMTV’s Serese Cole will serve as the event’s emcee; KMTV is the media sponsor.


About Completely KIDS
Completely KIDS educates and empowers KIDS and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

Completely KIDS serves 2,000 children ages 4-17 and their families with a depth of critical services after school and during the summer. The non-profit organization partners with schools, homeless shelters and several Omaha agencies to meet the crucial needs of the families it serves through youth programming, teen engagement, food provision, mental health services, and adult programs that cover life skills, self-improvement and self-sufficiency. Completely KIDS works for a world where children are the future, family is the foundation and the community is inclusive. To learn more and get involved, visit