News Release

Dave 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.

In 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 Androzzo. 

Event 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 learning environment. 

"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."  


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