In His Image benefit

Friday, October 27, 2017

On Sept. 28, In His Image Pregnancy Resource Center hosted their ninth annual Benefit Dinner at Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Guests were greeted by volunteers Lisa Mills and Audrey Ann Laster before entering the beautiful banquet room decorated by Elizabeth Lewis, Patty Kohl and Emily Kohl. Guests took a look at the art work donated by the Marshall County Art Guild and other silent auction items donated by many area businesses before taking their assigned seats.

Board member Leland Carden blessed the food and explained the Menís Contest. During the meal the men contacted their friends not attending the benefit to secure donations.

The prizes included Titan tickets, $150 Bass Pro Shop gift certificate and a really nice stadium seat. The dinner catered by Suzanne of Russellís Catering was served by the MCHS Sub Debs and the Beta Club of Chapel Hill.

Board Member Rick Tillis introduced Executive Director Shirley Lowe to give an update on the services offered by the center. These services include 1) free pregnancy tests, information on abstinence if the test is negative and option counseling if the test is positive, 2) Earn While You Learn Prenatal and Parenting classes where the client earns points to purchase items (never with actual money) in the beautiful Baby Boutique, managed by volunteer Deb Chambers. 3) Also, the center offers a SaveOne class for women and men dealing with regretted past abortion decisions. This course helps participants deal with the decision and move on to emotional healing. 4) Two teams led by Steven Davenport and Melinda Martin go to the three middle schools in our county to teach a family life class based on abstinence.

All services provided by the PRC are free and are made possible by donations from individuals, businesses, churches and civic clubs.

Following the directorís report, volunteers Cynda Mathis and Jerri Ann Cannady introduced two clients wishing to give their personal testimonies of what the Center means to them.

Next, counselor Bud Chambers spoke about the important role dads play in their childrenís lives. Deborah H. Robinson, executive director of Miriamís Promise in Nashville, was introduced and spoke of the important option of adoption.

The event proceeded with the announcement of the winners of the Menís Contest, an auction with Ray Bennett offering a large cooler with sports tickets and tailgating items, a set of tires, and a catered dinner for 50. As guests gathered their prized possessions, it was obvious they had a great time. An obviously happy director and board were pleased with the outcome of this annual event.