Mike Yankoski to be speaker for The Caring Place banquet
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Mike Yankoski, author of “Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America,” will be this year’s guest speaker at The Caring Place’s annual banquet.

For five months, Yankoski and his friend, Sam, intentionally lived homeless on the streets of six American cities. They ate from trash cans and homeless shelters, slept under bridges and panhandled in order to survive. Their mission was twofold: to better understand the plight of the American homeless, as well as, observe how everyday Christians interacted with this overlooked corner of American society.

Yankoski’s book captures his journey on the streets and relates how the people, experiences and revelations have forever changed his life.

He is both a writer and a speaker, spending much of his time compelling audiences around the globe toward a Christ-centered response to our world’s great needs. He holds a master’s degree from Regent College and is the author of two additional books, “My 30 Days Under the Overpass: Not Your Ordinary Devotional” and “Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice.”

The Caring Place encourages those interested to save the date, March 14, 2013, to attend this year’s banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Country Club located at 345 Kyle Lane, N.W. Tickets can be purchased for $55 per person.

Tables seating eight may also be sponsored for $300. Both tickets can be purchased by phone at 423-472-4414.

According to The Caring Place, an anonymous donor has pledged to match the proceeds of the banquet up to $20,000. They ask the community to come and help the nonprofit take advantage of the generous offer.

Proceeds from the banquet support the largest poverty-focused nonprofit in Bradley County, The Caring Place. For 13 years, The Caring Place has been serving the disadvantaged of Bradley County by addressing their basic spiritual, physical and social needs regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender or disability.

Those interested are enthusiastically encouraged to reserve seats while they are still available.

For more information, contact Chelsea Long, resource developer, by calling 423-472-4414 or emailing Chelsea@thecaringplaceonline.org.