BY MARY WICOFF
The Women’s Care Clinic is relying on the generosity of the community to raise $110,000 during this year’s Banquet for Life Fundraising Dinner.
The event, which is semi-formal, will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St. The theme is “Creating a Culture of Life … One Child at a Time.”
Seating is limited, so people are advised to make reservations before noon Friday. There is no charge for the sit-down meal. Guests will be given a chance to contribute during the evening, as well as make pledges for monthly support.
“People are wonderfully generous in our community,” said Kimberly Padan, executive director of the clinic.
The last couple of years, the banquet raised more than $110,000, Padan said, so she knows it’s possible. “This is not a crazy goal,” she said. “Our community has shown that they care.”
Padan said she’s received gifts or pledges ranging from $50 to $10,000 — whatever people are able to give. One woman, for example, gives $10 a month.
“That is a treasure,” she said. “She’s giving sacrificially. If they’re giving sacrificially, I believe God blesses that and multiplies it.”
She added, “I trust God will move people to give whatever they can.”
Money stays in the community to help the non-profit agency provide free services to women.
Padan said the staff, volunteers, and board of directors are excited about the event. The program includes inspiring music, testimony from a mother who received assistance from the clinic and updates on ministry programs and goals.
Keynote speaker will be Kirk Walden of Nashville, Tenn., president of LifeTrends. He has years of experience as a former pregnancy center director, giving him a unique perspective on the specialized ministry.
“I’m very excited he’s going to be in town,” Padan said. “He is so loved and respected. He has a real heart for getting people involved in local ministry.”
Padan also noted the banquet is conducted on the fourth Thursday of April every year, so people can plan for it.
The banquet is made possible by individuals, businesses and groups that underwrite the cost of the meal, printed materials, caterer and other services:
Life Defenders: Sunset Funeral Homes and Memorial Park, Catlin Church of Christ, Trinity Lutheran Church, Second Church of Christ, Faith Church, the Catholic parishes of Vermilion County, Country Financial.
Life Advocates: Aqua Illinois, Danville Kiwanis Noon Club, Knights of Columbus, Vermilion County McDonald’s, First Church of the Nazarene, Danville First Assembly of God, Perry Jaynes Insurance & Financial Services.
Life Friends: Danville Gardens, John and Candy Rollins, Berry’s Garden Center & Floral Shop, DTI Office Solutions, Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic, Robinson Chiropractic, LTD, Hillard’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Co., Iroquois Federal Savings and Loan Association, Life Church.
The clinic offers pregnancy testing, assistance with clothes and furniture and support services, and also deters abortions. The clinic is privately funded, receiving no state or federal funds.
Reservations are required by noon Friday. After then, people may call 431-0987 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check for availability.
Contributions to the Women’s Care Clinic may be sent to 200 W. Williams St., Danville, IL 61832, or through the website at http://www.danvilleisprolife.com.