Days Until The Celebration Begins!


To showcase the successes of the clients that we have helped, their inspirational stories and the positive differences that we have made in their lives, we invite you to our 2017 Annual Celebration to enjoy dinner with us in support of our valuable programs. The event will take place at The Ports of Call® at SeaWorld Orlando® and will feature Major League Baseball Player and 4-Time World Champion Darryl Strawberry, a wonderful silent auction and fun opportunities to encounter exotic wildlife.

Register Now!

Click the Register Now! link  to become a Sponsor, buy individual tickets and find out more information about the  2017 “GIVE HOPE, CHANGE LIVES” Gala and Silent Auction.

Darryl Strawberry, Special Guest


Darryl Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball, Straw’s Sweet Swing, Strawberry’s Field Forever and The Legendary Straw Man!

“I have a heart for people, especially those who are faced with conditions, situations or battles in their lives that often bring a deep sense of hopelessness to the soul.“

Today, as an ordained Minister, Darryl’s purpose and passion is serving The Lord Jesus Christ by speaking a message of hope and helping others transform their lives through the power of the gospel. “I was once very lost and tormented but now I am found and free in Christ Jesus. I want everyone to experience the saving and transforming power of Jesus Christ.” -Darryl Strawberry

More information about Darryl and Tracy Strawberry Ministries can be found at: www.strawberryministries.org

Bridgett Ellison, WKMG News 6, Emcee


Emmy Award-winning anchor Bridgett Ellison joined the News 6 team in September 2010 and can be seen weekdays on The Morning News from 5 to 7 a.m. and News 6 News at Noon.

Prior to her arrival in the Sunshine State, Bridgett worked as a main anchor/reporter for the NBC station in Augusta, Ga. Before moving to main anchor, Bridgett also served as morning anchor in Augusta. Her unstoppable efforts got her noticed fast! During her five years in Georgia, she was honored by the Georgia Associated Press with awards for “Best Documentary” and “Best Anchor/Reporter.”

The South Carolina native, started her career at the ABC station in New Bern, N.C., and also worked for the CBS station in Columbia, S.C. A golf enthusiast, Bridgett also covered many Masters Tournaments and will forever cherish the day she played a round at the world famous Augusta National.

“Her passion for getting to the bottom of an issue and helping others makes her a valuable journalist, giving viewers her very best each and every day.
Outside work, Bridgett enjoys being a new mom. She gave birth to her daughter, Elise, in 2016. She also enjoys serving on the praise team at her church, Cornerstone Way, where her husband, Cyrus, is the lead pastor.

She’s always hunting down the best bargains at stores and seeking out tasty, “little gems” of restaurants! Bridgett takes full advantage of the Florida sun, by playing golf and dabbling in photography. As an alumna of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bridgett loves her Tar Heels! 



  • Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Silent Auction and Cash Bar is from 5:45 p.m. thru 7:00 p.m.
  • Annual Celebration Dinner and Program begins at 7:01 p.m. in the Ballroom.
  • Event ends at 8:30 p.m. and check out begins immediately afterward.

Dress code is business attire.



Location:  The Ports of Call® at SeaWorld Orlando®

Address:  7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Once you arrive at Seaworld of Orlando®, let the parking attendant know that you are attending The Salvation Army GIVE HOPE CHANGES LIVES event at The Ports of Call® and you be given directions on where to park.

  • Please consider evening traffic on I-4 in determining travel arrangements.
  • Parking is complimentary and directions are attached.

Download Printable Directions:  Seaworld Orlando Directions


Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? Down the Sponsorship Package to find out all the details.

Register Now!

Click the Register Now! link  to become a Sponsor, buy individual tickets and find out more information about the  2017 “GIVE HOPE, CHANGE LIVES” Gala and Silent Auction.

Gold Sponsor $10,000

  • Social Media Spotlight
  • Logo on Website Event Page
  • Animal encounter photo
  • Dinner table for 10 guests
  • Preferred seating at venue
  • One autographed baseball
  • Photo with Darryl Strawberry
  • Sponsorship acknowledgment
  • Acknowledgement After Event
  • Copy of Darryl Strawberry’s book
  • Full Page Ad in Event Program
  • 30 Minute meet and greet with Darryl Strawberry

Silver Sponsor $5,000

  • Social Media Spotlight
  • Dinner table for 10 guests
  • Sponsorship Acknowledgement
  • Copy of Darryl Strawberry’s book
  • ½ Page Ad in Event Program

Bronze Sponsor $2,500

  • Social Media Spotlight
  • Dinner table for 10 guests
  • Listed as Sponsor

Full Table, Half Table or individual tickets available now!

We “Thank You!” for your continued interest in the Give Hope Change Lives Gala and Silent Auction!


Full Table $1500

Dinner Table for 10 Guests

Half Table $750

Dinner Table for 5 Guests

Individual Tickets $150 Each

Dinner for 1 Guest

Contact Kyle McNeil, Development Director,

for more information about the 2017 Give Hope Change Lives  event. 

Email: Kyle.McNeil@uss.salvationarmy.org 

The Salvation Army of Orlando has been proud to serve the Central Florida community for over 95 years. To find more information about the programs that are offered or to arrange a tour of our campus contact:

416 West Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida 32804



Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


For nearly 100 years, The Salvation Army of Orlando has been here to help the disadvantaged and underprivileged in our community.