10th Annual Family Dinner

November 1, 2018

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Guest Speaker: Darryl Strawberry

Location: Double Tree by Hilton Campbell Center 8250 N. Central Expy, Dallas, Texas 75206


Darryl Strawberry is a person in long term recovery, an ordained Christian minister and author. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1962, Darryl had a rough start to life growing up in South Central with an abusive, alcoholic father. He was thrown into the spotlight at a young age when he signed with the New York Mets in 1980 directly out of high school. During his 17-year career in Major League Baseball, Strawberry played for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. He’s an eight-time All-Star, a four-time World Series Champion and a National League Rookie of the Year. While baseball is no longer the primary focus of Darryl’s life, his years on the diamond helped form who he is today.

Today, Darryl and his wife Tracy are passionate Christian pastors who help people restore their lives and relationships through the power of God and the process of change. They accomplish their mission of helping others through their foundations, including Darryl Strawberry Foundation, Fight for Autism and Strawberry Ministries. Together, they have advocated for Action for Autism, youth and community outreach, Christian healing and support for people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Darryl Strawberry and the team at Oglethorpe, Inc. created Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center to help people live better lives by breaking free from the chains of addiction and mental health issues. Four-time World Series winner Darryl Strawberry has opened up about his struggle with drug addiction throughout his career. The 55-year-old retired baseball player said in a shockingly candid interview with KTLA5 that he was addicted to amphetamines and used them throughout his 17 years in the MLB. 'I played amphetamines for most of my entire career, once I got addicted to those, that was a way of playing,' Strawberry said. Strawberry, who played for the Mets, the Dodgers, the Giants, and finally ended his career with the Yankees, was suspended three times by the MLB for substance abuse. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1983 and finished second in the MVP voting in 1988 behind Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson. Strawberry retired in 1999 after winning three titles as a member of the Yankees.

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'I never used any outside drugs or street drugs or anything playing baseball. I didn't have to because I had amphetamines,' Strawberry said. When asked what other drugs he used, he responded: 'Everything. I could shoot dope, shoot heroin, smoke crack, it didn't matter. Drink alcohol, it didn't matter. Whatever I liked to do on that particular day, that's what I would do.' Strawberry is now a born-again Christian and an ordained minister. Before his conversion, he was suspended for 140 games in 1999 after being arrested for attempting to solicit sex from an undercover police officer. He served an 11-month sentence for a parole violation before being released in April of 2003. My pain comes from my childhood,' Strawberry explained. 'My father was an alcoholic, he beat me so I ended up with pain. I put on the uniform and went into baseball and I became great.' Strawberry's destructive behavior caught up with him, however. He told KTLA5 that the lowest point in his life came when he came close to losing his life.

He credits his wife and religion with his changed behavior. 'She told me I'd have to take off the baseball uniform and I'd have to grow up and become a man and take responsibility. I'd never heard someone say that to me before,' he explained.


Thank you to our current sponsors for our 2018 Gratitude Dinner

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Sponsorship Levels


Partner

$25,000

  • Premium Patron Table for 10
  • Special recognition in all event marketing & in event program
  • Partner in all media and radio events
  • Prominent signage at event *
  • Prominent signage in CSD Lobby, website and quarterly mailing thru 2019
  • Table recognition
  • Donor recognition package for the whole year


Titanium

$10,000

  • Premium Patron Table for 10
  • Special recognition in all event marketing & in event program
  • Prominent signage at event*
  • Prominent signage in CSD Lobby, website and quarterly mailing thru 2019
  • Table recognition
  • Donor recognition package for the whole year


Platinum

$5,000

  • Preferred event seating for 10
  • Prominent signage in CSD Lobby 9/18-2/19
  • Table recognition and in event
  • Recognition on Website and Quarterly Mailing thru 2019


Gold

$2,500

  • Reserved seating for 10
  • Donor recognition in event program
  • Table recognition and in event Program Website Partner thru 2019  


Silver

$1,000

  • Seating for 4
  • Recognition in event program
  • Website Partner thru 2019


Bronze

$500

  • Two seats at the dinner
  • Recognition in event program


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