Give Back Gala 2021

JC Watts, Jr., speaking at the 2020 Give Back Gala

The fourth annual Give Back Gala will be held Sat., June 12, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., in Wiekamp Athletic Center on the campus of Bethel University.

This year's keynote speaker will be Tim Brown, pro football hall of famer and Heisman Trophy winner. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Brown played for the Los Angeles Raiders for 16 years. He is a nine-time Pro Bowler and part of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

Tim Brown holding football publicity photo

4th Annual Give Back Gala Speaker:
Tim Brown

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.

Read full biography.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This Bethel University event supports student scholarships and areas of greatest need. Whether you choose to attend the event or sponsor it, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of our students.

  • A plated meal will be served at this formal event.
  • Sponsorships are available for individuals and businesses. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

Mike and Cindy (Everest) McKee
Kinzel Consulting
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davenport
University of Notre Dame
Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Thacker
Kelly and Jennifer McCormick
Media Madhouse

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Summit Financial Group logo
Lake City Bank logo
DJ Construction logo
logo for Gibson
US Business Systems logo
Kuert Concrete logo

Every gift matters

Your gifts literally shape the experience of Bethel students, by providing opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not be possible.
Scholarships help students:
  • Afford college
  • Enlarge their vision
  • Impact the world
2020 Give Back Gala audience photo in dimmed gymnasium
2020 Give Back Gala speaker JC Watts at the podium
2020 Give Back Gala attendees, young couple with two babies
2020 Give Back Gala students share their stories from the stage
2020 Give Back Gala dimmed gymnasium
2020 Give Back Gala guests seated at table laugh at something said during the program

Our Staff

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Matt Lentsch

Matt Lentsch

Titles: Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Emily Sherwood

Emily Sherwood

Titles: Director of Alumni Relations
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7023
Jennifer Wertenberger

Jennifer Wertenberger

Titles: Business Development Representative
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7142
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