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Tim Tebow will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the Salvation Army of Manatee County’s second annual “Evening of Hope’’ event on May 15 at the Bayside Community Church’s East Bradenton, Fl. campus.
The regional salvation coordinator, Major Dwayne Durham, said Tebow will speak in support of the charity’s efforts to raise funds for its local homeless ministry.
Major Durham told the Bradenton Herald that the “Evening of Hope’’ was established in 2014.
“We feel blessed to be able to partner with such well known advocates as Tim Tebow,’’ Major Durham said.
“This event is about raising awareness and having Tim Tebow able to come energizes people,’’ he said.
Christine Smith, the Army’s communication director, said that this will be one of just four speeches Tebow has currently planned this year and they talked to his representatives for about a year to set it up.
“It’s really important to him,’’ she said. “He decided this was one of the events he wanted to participate in.’’
She said she wasn’t able to make Tebow available for comment on his appearance.
The event is expected to draw about 2,500 people and raise $50,000 for the Army.
Smith said Tebow’s image has prompted many families to buy tickets for their children so they can attend. The tickets cost $75.
“People see him as a positive role model,’’ she said.
The Salvation Army operates the only emergency, overnight shelter in Manatee County and provides financial assistance to families in danger of losing their housing.
The Salvation Army has its Manatee social services campus in Bradenton and has 100 emergency overnight beds for men, five suites for women with children and six beds for women without children.
Tebow has not played in the NFL since being cut at the end of the 2013 training camp by the New England Patriots. He recently had a workout with the Philadelphia Eagles, but they didn’t sign him although there’s been some speculation they may eventually sign him.