FORMER PRO ATHLETE PLEASES
JUBILATION! CROWD -
Dravecky had no trouble hitting a home run at Jubilation! on Friday,
October 7. The former San Francisco Giants pitcher and founder of Outreach
of Hope ministry revealed his compelling personal testimony to the sold-out
audience of nearly 500 people at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, Illinois.
Dravecky, who lost his arm
to cancer in 1990, discovered that God can and does use people in their
moments of weakness and despair to achieve His purposes. When he realized
that his life-long dream of being a professional athlete was over, Dravecky
wondered what direction he would take and how he would regain his self-esteem
and identity outside of his baseball career. He related his message of
hope and victory to individuals encountering any kind of trial or setback
in their lives that forces them to rely only on God's strength, not their
own, for their success.
addition to the keynote speaker, the audience was treated to musical performances
by the Trinity's Honors Ensemble and Jazz Band. Another highlight of the
event was the music/comedy segment presented by two Trinity alumni, Dave
Larsen '67 and Marty Doot '67. The duo reprised their rendition of "The
Other Smothers Brothers," based on the comedy team from the 1960s who traveled
the college circuit and had their own television show.
Student Andrew McClendon
'06 played piano preludes before dinner, and at the end of the evening,
he accompanied the audience during the familiar hymn, "Blessed Assurance."
McClendon also performed a solo, "If I Can Help Somebody," by Alma Bazel
sponsors Sand Ridge Bank and JELD-WEN Windows and Doors by Schaaf Window
Co., Inc. underwrote the cost of the keynote speaker and performances,
while several major sponsors helped to
defray expenses for lighting, audio-visual support, and signage. Fifty
table sponsors provided funding for the
prime rib dinner.
"God has blessed us throughout
the past year, and we are grateful for the way people have responded to
this giving opportunity," said Larryl Humme, vice president for development.
"I think they experienced a very special time of fellowship," he said.
The Trinity Fund received
gifts and pledges of more than $107,000 from sponsorships and donations
given at Jubilation! All donations to the Trinity Fund collected
at and following Jubilation! support student scholarships,
provide new equipment, update campus resources, and enhance Trinity's
"We are so thankful to everyone
who helped make this evening a memorable event," said President Steven
Timmermans. "Dave Dravecky's message reinforced what Trinity is all about
and brought home the importance of Christian higher education as a way
to impact our world for Christ."