Greensboro Pregnancy Center's annual fund raiser celebrates life
GREENSBORO — Hundreds gathered to celebrate life at the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center's annual fund-raising banquet Sept. 10. Held every year at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, this year's theme was "Shine like Stars," with actor Ken Bevel as the keynote speaker.
The Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center (GPCC) is a life-affirming, pro-life agency that provides limited free ultrasounds to its clients, free parenting classes, post-abortion healing Bible studies to men and women, and healthy relationship classes for all ages. It has served Greensboro for more than 28 years. St. Pius X Church in Greensboro is one of the center's major supporters.
Keynote speaker and actor Ken Bevel, who appeared in the hit movie "Fireproof," shared his story of faith during the special celebration. He said we must be a shining light for one another, as "children need to be trained and mentored." He said his journey has not been an easy one, but with God's grace pointing him in the right direction, he has been able to find a better path. He noted about his acting success, "A movie cannot save you, it can only point us to the cross."
Pictured: Tita Wofford and Barbara Wike, St. Pius X Parish Respect Life team members and supporters of the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. A fund raiser was held Sept. 10 to aid the center. (Georgianna Penn | Catholic News Herald)
GPCC touches lives and saves lives – one life, one soul at a time. It has provided healing from past wounds of abortion for women and men and points clients towards healthier relationships with themselves, with others and with God. Bevel closed by thanking GPCC for providing that better path for the women and men of Greensboro. He thanked the volunteers, staff and donors of GPCC and encouraged everyone to continue "to do the work."
In addition to a silent auction and an elegant meal, the evening celebration was filled with stories of life, love and hope. Couples and women shared their stories of life, and one young man shared his story of healing from a past abortion decision.
Grounded in Christ's love and filled with grace, GPCC is a gift to the Greensboro community, supporters agreed.
"All you have to do is hear a heartfelt story of a woman or couple and see their beautiful child to realize the impact GPCC has on people's lives and the contribution it makes in our community for life," said Tita Wofford of St. Pius X Parish's Respect Life Ministry team. Wofford has attended the banquet each year since 2008 and is a personal supporter of the center.
— Georgianna Penn, correspondent
Lend a hand
Get more information about the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center and learn how you can help: Call 336-274-4901 or visit www.pregnantfreehelp.com, or visit its supporters' website at www.friendsforlifegreensboro.org for ways your parish or Respect Life team can get involved.
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