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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Salvation Army of Indian River County has announced that "The Man With The Golden Voice" Ted Williams will be the keynote speaker at "The Soap, Soup and Salvation" Benefit Dinner taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 6 at The Oak Harbor Club House in Vero Beach.
Mr. Williams gained widespread media attention in early December 2010 when a passerby taped him homeless and standing next to traffic holding a cardboard sign with a hand-written advertisement of his voice and a request for donations. The clip of him and his gorgeous radio voice was then posted on YouTube, the video went viral and overnight launched him as "the homeless man with the golden voice."
Mr. Williams has since received numerous jobs that include becoming the official voice for New England Cable News, 'The Golden Voice of Love' to promote Kraft's Mac & Cheese TV campaign which launched on ESPN during the 2011 Craft Fight Hunger Bowl and is a sought after speaker on the issue of addiction and homelessness.
In May of 2012 he authored the book, "A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation.
In his book, Mr. Williams puts all the pieces together to give an unforgettable, honest account of life on the streets. Nothing is held back, as Mr. Williams takes the reader through theft, crack houses, and homeless shelters in a search, ultimately, for redemption and hope.
Along the way, we see his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, Kathy, grow into an unlikely and inspiring love story, and we hear the Golden Voice of God lead him from the selfishness of crime to the humility of the street corner --almost a year before he was "discovered" on that highway entrance ramp. Mr. Williams proves that no one, no matter how degraded, is never too lost for a second chance.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails from the cash bar and dinner followed by Ted Williams sharing his inspirational journey and experiences with homelessness, addiction and finding Salvation along with his new found fame and experiences over the last two years. Before and after the event, Mr. Williams will be signing books available for purchase.
No tickets are sold for this event and RSVP's are going fast. The Salvation Army will ask for a donation at the end of the event that will be matched by one anonymous donation of $10,000.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. Each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children in this community. About 84 cents of every dollar raised is used to carry out those services in Indian River County.
For more information, send an email to John_Corapi@uss.salvationarmy.org or mail your matching contribution to The Salvation Army of IRC PO Box 2864 Vero Beach, FL 32961 or to RSVP call (772) 978-0265, Ext. 104.