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FHU Annual Benefit Dinner Expect to Raise $1.6 Million

Henderson, Tenn. - Nov 21, 2016

Freed-Hardeman University’s Annual Benefit Dinner Dec. 2, 2016, is on track to raise $1.6 million for scholarships again this year, according to Dave Clouse, FHU vice president for advancement. However, general admission tickets and sponsorships to the event featuring former Tennessee Vol and NFL legend Peyton Manning are still available.

“Obviously, Tennesseans still hold Peyton Manning in high regard,” Clouse said. “We have had a great deal of interest from folks who want to see and hear him.”

This year’s pre-speech entertainment will feature an ensemble of Freed-Hardeman University students. The 17-member group of specially selected singers and musicians will present a number of familiar popular songs. Peggy Weaver of Jackson directs the group.

Manning is a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player. He is the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category. Manning notched two Super Bowl victories in four appearances.

As a University of Tennessee quarterback, Manning epitomized the term student-athlete. He claimed 43 records at the school, conference and national levels, while graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He led the Vols to the SEC championship as a senior in 1997 and earned consensus All-America honors. He received the Sullivan Award for the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership, athletic ability and the ideals of amateurism.

General admission tickets, which include dinner and the speech by Manning, may be purchased online for $150 each. Sponsorships, which carry added perks, begin at $600. To learn more about purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, go to fhu.edu/manning.