Jay Barker to headline PTRC banquet
by Jennifer Cohron
May 08, 2014 | 1105 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker will be in Jasper next week to show his support for the Pregnancy Test and Resource Center.

Barker will be the guest speaker at PTRC’s Celebrating the Gift of Life Gala, which will be held Tuesday night at the Community Health System Building.

“He is going to be giving some of his testimony, which includes his family’s experience with adoption. He is also going to be talking about the center and why he thinks it is important to the community,” said PTRC executive director Jenny Odom.

The gala was originally planned for Tuesday, April 29, but was rescheduled due to severe weather.

Free tickets are available by calling the PTRC office at 221-5860.

Barker, a Trussville native, played under UA head coach Gene Stallings and boasted an impressive college football career record of 35 wins and two losses.

After leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship, he went on to play in the NFL and the Canadian Football League and finished his career with the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the XFL.

Barker is currently the host of the daily “Opening Drive” radio show on Jox 94.5 FM, and he is also an analyst for ESPN Radio. 

He is married to country music star Sara Evans, and together, they have seven children.

Based on the number of table hosts that have been secured, approximately 480 people are expected to attend the banquet, which will be catered by Full Moon Bar-B-Que.

The gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for PTRC.

The local nonprofit ministers to women who are facing unplanned pregnancies and offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting classes and Bible studies.

For the past year, PTRC has been in the process of converting to a medical pregnancy center.

The center now has a nurse manager on staff who will soon be able to perform ultrasounds and offer the verification of pregnancy that is required for women to apply for Medicaid and other forms of assistance.