Former MLB slugger Darryl Strawberry to headline Rescue Mission banquet

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry will attend The Rescue Mission’s annual Annual Celebration & Stewardship Banquet, the shelter announced Thursday.

Strawberry will be interviewed by best-selling author Dr. John Townsend at the event, to be held Friday at the Memorial Coliseum. Grammy-winning Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman will perform.

Strawberry’s 17-year baseball career was marred by substance abuse. An eight-time All-Star selection and a four-time World Series champion, the slugger was repeatedly jailed for drugs and prostitution throughout his career. Strawberry is now an ordained Christian minister and author.

Strawberry’s story will focus on grace and second chances, The Rescue Mission said.

“Between our line-up of incredible guests and our resident testimony, it will truly be a celebration of grace and second chances,” said Rich Cummins, Executive VP of Operations for The Rescue Mission. “Our hope is that people will leave feeling inspired and encouraged.”

The banquet will feature testimony from a current Rescue Mission resident, live music and fellowship over dinner. The Rescue Mission said some 2,000 people are expected to attend. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased at The Rescue Mission’s website.