The Salvation Army hosts its 22nd annual Tree of Lights Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.
Award-winning chef Jeff Henderson, author of the New York Times bestselling book Cooked, will deliver the keynote address. Henderson, creator of the Food Network's reality series The Chef Jeff Project and host of Family Style with Chef Jeff Henderson uses his redemptive journey — from drug dealer to TV celebrity chef to nationally acclaimed motivational speaker — to help others reboot their own dreams.
Ticket sales from the Tree of Lights event goes to help thousands in Hillsborough County year-round. Funds help provide meals and shelter for families, Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social services programs year-round such as substance abuse programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence, and military veteran assistance.
A Just Desserts Reception from 6 -7:30 p.m. will be held on Wednesday. Cost is $10. Tree of Lights Sponsors and people who compete in the Tree Decorating Contest can attend the event for free.
For more information, go to salvationarmytampa.org.
— Times staff