Pam Tebow, Tim Tebow’s mother, will make an appearance Thursday in Statesboro.
Choices of the Heart Pregnancy Resource Center recently announced that Pam Tebow will be the featured guest speaker at its annual banquet, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit organization.
According to the biography on her website, pamtebow.com, she was provided a national platform for her pro-life message after ESPN aired a portion of an interview in which she focused on her refusal to abort her youngest son when she was advised to do so.
That son, Tim Tebow, went on to win the Heisman Trophy in his sophomore year with the Florida Gators, be a key part of two national championship teams at Florida and then play in the NFL.
In 2010, mother and son were in a Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life. A Barna survey indicated the commercial resulted in 5.5 million people “having cause to rethink their stand on abortion.”
According to a news release, Choices of the Heart Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christian ministry that provides emotional support throughout the pregnancy while also striving to educate and provide for the physical needs that come with pregnancy and parenting.
The center’s mission statement is: “To affirm the value of life by showing the love of Jesus Christ to those experiencing a pregnancy related crisis, and providing a network of care before and after the pregnancy.”
Its services include free pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting and mentoring classes. Its funding comes from donations.
Although the ministry has existed since the mid-1980s, it has relied for many years on volunteers who have counseled girls affected by an unplanned pregnancy.
In 2011, the organization moved to an office at 220 S. Zetterower Ave. in an effort to be more accessible to Statesboro and surrounding areas. During the past few years, the center has been directed by three volunteers: Tammy Olliff, Allison Westerfield and Jennifer Woodard. As they have moved on to other endeavors, the board felt it was time to hire an executive director. In June of this year, Amy Lawson was named the executive director.
The vision of the board of directors is for Choices of the Heart to become a medical facility within two years. That would allow the facility to perform free ultrasounds and free testing for sexually transmitted diseases by adding a director of client services and nursing manager to the staff.
This year, the fundraising banquet will be held at Statesboro First Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Individual tickets are $50. Table sponsorships begin at $450, which include eight tickets and special recognition at the banquet. For a table sponsorship of $550, the sponsor and one guest are invited to a meet-and-greet with Pam Tebow prior to the banquet.
A raffle will be held, with the grand prize a Denver Broncos helmet autographed by Tim Tebow, and second prize an authentic New England Patriots Tim Tebow jersey. Raffle tickets are $10; contestants do not have to be present to win.
For more information about the banquet, ticket purchases or raffle ticket purchases, call 912-764-4303. To purchase tickets or donate online, go to www.choicesoftheheart.org.