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Lissa Diaz

Bethel University will host its fourth annual Give Back Gala on June 12 at 5:30 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus with Tim Brown as the keynote speaker. The event will be held in-person and as a virtual event and simulcast. Brown is a pro football hall of famer, a Heisman Trophy winner, nine-time Pro Bowler and part of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He will speak on faith, encouragement and reflect on his career and life lessons.

The purpose of the evening is to raise money for the Bethel Fund, which supports student scholarships and areas of greatest need. Last year’s Gala raised more than $145,000. Brown will also plan to speak to about 500 youth at the annual Summer of Service event at Bethel on June 13.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses, with varying levels and benefits. For more information visit our Gala page. Individual tickets for the in-person event and virtual event and simulcast will go on sale in April.

COVID-19 precautions will be observed. In the event that conditions limit gathering sizes, sponsors and ticket-holders will be notified prior to the event.  

More about Tim Brown:

Tim Brown is one of the greatest collegiate and professional wide receivers to ever play the game. During his collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, Tim’s playmaking ability earned him the honor of being the first wide receiver to ever receive the Heisman Trophy award.

After his 1987 Heisman winning season, Tim was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 6th overall pick of the 1988 NFL Draft. Tim spent 16 years with the Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the League’s most prolific wide receivers. Tim’s play led him to be named to nine Pro Bowl teams and his 1,094 career receptions ranks 5th in NFL history. His fame and success with the Raiders organization earned him the title, Mr. Raider, and the honor of being inducted into the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tim currently works as a host on Sirius Radio’s NFL and College Football pregame and recaps. He now resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and four children.

Community Outreach: Tim Brown is heavily involved in the “9-1-1 for Kids” program, which teaches children emergency preparedness. In addition to 9-1-1 for Kids, Tim is an ambassador to the President’s Physical Fitness Council on Behalf of Reebok.

Tim is also a man of God, being heavily involved in his church and routinely speaking to groups about his faith.

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