‘Sweet Celebration of Life’ set for June 2
by Special to the Banner
May 22, 2011 | 1772 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After 25 years of service, New Hope Pregnancy Care Center’s staff and volunteers know that to overcome life’s challenges you have to face them head-on. That’s exactly what they have done after their annual fundraising banquet was canceled due to the April 27 storms. They have turned this setback into a “Sweet Celebration of Life.”

On June 2, New Hope will be hosting an event called “Sweet Celebration of Life” at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church and will feature a selection of desserts from local professional and volunteer bakers. This free event is aimed at celebrating the center’s 25th anniversary and raising funds to support the center’s services, which are free to clients.

The banquet was originally scheduled for April 28, but the decision was made by New Hope board members to cancel that event.

“So many in our community were affected by the storms,” said Yaunna Higgins, the center’s executive director. “We knew our supporters who weren’t personally affected would want to help those who were. We felt this was an occasion in which we needed to be there for our community in a different way.”

And, while center board members wanted to honor the community’s efforts to recover from the tragedy, the center will still need the financial support the banquet would have provided.

“The banquet that was canceled is one of two fundraising events we count on each year,” Higgins said. “So, even though the ‘Sweet Celebration’ event is free to attend, we will be making an appeal to those in attendance; giving them the opportunity to invest in the Ministry of New Hope. We can’t serve our clients in the way we do without the support of the community. It is so vital to our ministry.”

The June 2 event will feature testimonies from clients, volunteers and former directors of New Hope.

“Our motto is “Where life meets hope,” Higgins said. “We offer hope and practical assistance to those we serve, and the life stories of former clients, volunteers and staff members will be testaments to that hope.”

New Hope Pregnancy Care Center is a pro-life ministry that assists those who are facing a crisis or unplanned pregnancy. It has two locations: 4525 Mouse Creek Road and 1075 Blythe Ave., Suite 10.

Services include pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes through which clients can earn coupons to use in the center’s Hope Chest baby store, and HOPE Groups (Healing of Past Emotions from abortion), which are confidential and caring support groups for those who have been hurt by the pain of a past abortion.

“Life is challenging, and we are here to help our clients face some of those challenges,” Higgins said.

For more information about the “Sweet Celebration of Life” or to find out how you can get involved with New Hope Pregnancy Care Center, go to www.newhopepcc.org or call the center at 479-5825.