The Legacy Pregnancy Center held their annual fundraiser Thursday evening with keynote speaker Pam Tebow, the mother of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tebow’s pro-life speech Thursday night at the Holiday Inn advocated for alternatives to abortion through resources like the Legacy Pregnancy Center. Her message builds from the story of her pregnancy with Tim.
When she was on a missions trip in the Philippines, Tebow fought amoebic dysentery while pregnant. Doctors advised her to abort, saying she would die if she didn’t. She refused, gave birth, and son Tim led the Florida Gators to a national championship and won the Heisman Trophy and now is the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Christian group Focus on the Family approached the Tebows about their story, and she has since spoken at events across the country.
Tebow shared her story at a pro-life banquet fundraiser sponsored by Tippecanoe County Right to Life two days earlier.
“They told me if I didn’t abort immediately I was going to die,” Tebow said. “Those are stories that are impossible apart from the power of God, and the story of our youngest son, Timmy, is a God story.”
“She had a strong story – the message of serving, getting involved and teaching our children and families the value of service,” Legacy Executive Director Maureen Metcalf said of her speech. “At the end of the day, what defines our children, what is most important, is not how much they make or what they do, but how they live their lives.”
Exact results weren’t totaled as of Friday morning, but Metcalf said that it looked like they met their goal of gathering $150,000. That’s up from last year when they took in more than $100,000 in pledges and donations at their annual event. Money gathered this year will go toward the center’s 2012 goals which include purchasing and expanding the Legacy Center’s current building, expanding their offerings to STD testing, and continuing to educate and mentor both men and women in the community.
The Legacy Pregnancy Resource Center serves about 55 clients per month in Sheridan, offering ultrasound services and faith-based counseling toward adoption, advocating against abortion. About 100 people attended the event.