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Governor Mike Huckabee Keynote Speaker at 2014 Hope Celebration!

Governor Mike Huckabee was the keynote speaker for the annual Free Will Baptist Family Ministries’ Hope Center Celebration on Monday, Dec. 15,...

Governor Mike Huckabee was the keynote speaker for the annual Free Will Baptist Family Ministries’ Hope Center Celebration on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Hope Center Celebration was chaired this year by Daniel Wolcott, president/CEO of Takoma Regional Hospital. Daniel and his wife Cynthia are long time supporters of the Hope Center. Takoma served as title sponsor for the evening along with Scott and Nikki Niswonger.

“This annual fundraising event allows the Hope Center to assist families in our community ensuring they and their children get a strong supportive start at life,” said Daniel Wolcott. “I have been an avid supporter of the Hope Center and am honored to serve as chairman. I continue to be impressed with the outreach and services they provide for at-risk children and their parents.”

“We are honored to have Daniel Wolcott chair our annual Hope Center Celebration again this year,” said Frank Woods, president and CEO of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. “He has been instrumental to the success of this event for the past two years, and we are blessed to have his help again this year.”

The keynote speaker was the 44th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1996 until 2007. Huckabee was one of the longest serving governors in his state’s history, and only the fourth Republican elected to any statewide office since Reconstruction. He served longer than the other three Republican-elected officials combined. Huckabee left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state’s road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on the less expensive approach of prevention than the costly big-government approach of intervention. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials.

Huckabee had been Lieutenant Governor for three years in July 1996 when his predecessor was forced to resign due to felony convictions. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. He was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.

Huckabee is a New York Times Bestselling author of 11 books, and his 12th is set for release in January of 2015. In his campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, he finished second to John McCain. His political action committee, HuckPac has amassed a volunteer team with thousands of activists in all 50 states.

Governing magazine named him as one of its ‘Public Officials of the Year’ for 2005, and Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. He has been honored by numerous organizations for his commitment to music education. He served as the chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association, as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.

Huckabee, an avid musician since age 11, is a bass guitar player. He is often featured in the musical segment of his FOX TV show. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and music. He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People for Conservation by Outdoor Life magazine, and was named “Man of the Year” by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997. The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah and four grandchildren.

All proceeds from this event benefited the Hope Center, which operates entirely on donations. Last year the Hope Center provided care for over 450 families with a record of 109 babies born.

The Hope Center is a crisis pregnancy and resource center located in Greene County. It provides services to young people and families in need through its distribution of baby supplies, free parenting classes, free nutrition classes, free counseling and a 24-hour Hopeline.  It also provides guidance by giving clients and their families a spiritual foundation and educational opportunities to help them be productive members of our community.  The mission of the Hope Center is to seek to meet the physical, spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs of the woman facing a crisis pregnancy.


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