Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry, who was National League Rookie of the Year with the New York Mets in 1983, will address Cross Connections Biblical Counseling’s spring fundraiser in Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE — Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry will visit Fort Wayne after all.

Cross Connections Biblical Counseling's "It's a Spring Thing" has been postponed, and now is scheduled June 23 at Parkview Mirro Center. Tickets purchased for the original date of April 28 are good for the June date. Tickets are $100 and are still available.

Get tickets for "It's a Spring Thing" at crossconnectionscounseling.com. The evening of dining and fellowship will be from 5:30-9 p.m. June 23 at the Parkview Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, near the Parkview Regional Medical Center in northeast Fort Wayne.

Jim Dohrmann, development director for Cross Connections, said Cross Connections is working to expand its reach in the Fort Wayne area and northeast Indiana. "We have clients from the surrounding area, Auburn, Angola, Avilla, Kendallville and Ohio," he said. "We've even had a couple come to us from the Muncie area."

Dohrmann said "It's a Spring Thing" is the counseling service's largest annual fundraiser.

He said the Lutheran-based agency also receives referrals from other denominations and nondenominational sources. "We have referrals from about 114 different churches in the area. We probably will serve 3,500 to 4,000 clients this year," he said.

"We're a biblical counseling ministry so people are referred to us by their pastor," Dohrmann said. "A lot of times the advice they're given in the secular setting doesn't help out enough and they want to get the biblical side of things as they're facing trials in life."

About 10 part-time counselors serve through the Fort Wayne office at 4618 E. State Blvd., near Vance Avenue.

The guest of honor starred with the New York Mets and was the National League rookie of the year in 1983. He played 17 seasons with the Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees.

In announcing Stawberry's Fort Wayne visit, Cross Connections said Strawberry "will be sharing his personal testimony with all in attendance as he shares about God's healing grace in the midst of addiction."

Visit darrylstrawberrywebsite.com for more information on Strawberry's baseball career and his work as a motivational speaker.

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