Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

Nov. 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM
| License Photo

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some 800 celebrities and other well-wishers were invited to the 95th birthday party of evangelist Billy Graham, the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Donald Trump were among the guests expected to attend the celebration Thursday at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, WHNS-TV, Greenville, S.C., reported.

Other expected guests included Sarah Palin, Rupert Murdoch, Rick Warren and Michael W. Smith, WHNS said.

As part of the celebration, a video message from Graham, called "My Hope America," is scheduled to air on national television networks.

"It will be like having a mini-crusade in their homes. With the tweeting today and the social media, you can speak to 20 million people over the Internet, which is amazing to me," said Glenn Wilcox, a Asheville businessman who's known Graham since 1965.

Graham, who has met with every U.S. president since Harry S. Truman, retired from preaching more than a dozen years ago.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
TSU shooting: 1 dead, 1 wounded in third shooting this week at Houston campus
Listeria threat prompts Whole Foods cheese recall
Russia says missiles aimed at Syria did not land in Iran
Captive orca breeding banned at California's SeaWorld
Wrong drug used in Oklahoma execution