CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Capt. Richard Phillips, the U.S. ship commander rescued from Somali pirates, is coming to Grand Rapids to speak at an event benefiting Davenport University scholarships.
Phillips will be the guest speaker at Davenport's Excellence in Business Award Gala at DeVos Place on May 2.
Blake Krueger, the chairman and CEO of Wolverine Worldwide, will receive the 2014 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award at the gala.
The event is also a fundraiser for Davenport scholarship programs.
Phillips was the captain of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean in April 2009 -- the first hijacking of a U.S. vessel in more than 200 years. In order to get the pirates off the ship, Phillips offered himself as a hostage. He was freed after U.C. Navy SEALs were able to kill the three pirates holding Phillips.