DANVILLE — Attendees at the annual Women’s Care Clinic Banquet for Life will have a full plate, in addition to the meal: hearing a powerful speaker, voting for a T-shirt design, learning about new programs and celebrating graduates.
The program, “Celebrating Heroes,” will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at David S. Palmer Arena. A few seats are still available; call the office to sign up.
“It’s going to be a packed evening,” executive director Bethany Hager said.
There is no charge to attend, however, it is a fundraiser, so people will have a chance to become a partner with the Women’s Care Clinic. People may become monthly partners. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated, Hager said.
For example, $25 covers the cost of a pregnancy test, an ultrasound consultation and the ultrasound test.
Guest speaker will be Dan Kulp of Rochester, N.Y., a musician, author, pastor, comedian and advocate for adoption. He and his wife adopted three special-needs children.
He is the author of “Confounding the Wise: A Celebration of Life, Love, Laughter, Adoption and the Joy of Children with Special Needs.” Hager, who has read the book, describes it as funny and touching.
Kulp will talk about the joy of bringing these children into his family.
Another part of the program will be announcing winners of the high school essay contest, “Everyday Heroes.” There are three winners in the written category and three in the art category.
The artists were asked to design a T-shirt, and the first-place winner’s design will be used on the shirts for the Walk for Life in September.
In a new twist, people can cast a vote that night for their favorite T-shirt design. The staff has already chosen its favorites, but, Hager said, after the attendees’ vote, “It might be a surprise.”
Also during the program, the graduates from Bridges, the mothers’ support group, will be honored. The women completed almost two years of classes.
Miss Illinois, Abby Foster from Oakwood, will be in attendance to help honor the recent graduates.
Also, Hager said, the staff will unveil plans for programs for the year, including some new offerings. Some of the changes and updates include: the program for fathers is growing and getting established; times and days for the medical programs are being expanded; and support is being increased for helping women heal emotionally after abortions.
Videos and presentations about programs will be given.
The banquet is expected to end at 9 p.m. The lasagna meal will be catered by Applewood Foods.
The Women’s Care Clinic has a budget of about $300,000 a year, Hager said. It receives no government funding; instead, it relies on donations and fundraisers.
People are invited to donate whatever amount they feel comfortable with, or, Hager said, “whatever God is calling you to give.” Even $1 a day makes an impact on helping local women and men.
“We trust God is going to provide for the needs of the community,” she said.
People who are unable to attend the banquet may make donations through the website or by calling the office.
The Women’s Care Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free and confidential services such as pregnancy tests; limited obstetrical ultrasound; parenting classes; one-on-one and group mentoring, education, and support; community referrals; and additional support services.
• The banquet is free, but reservations are required. You may call 431-0987 to see if any seats remain. The event is for adults only.
• Learn more about Dan Kulp at http://kulponline.com/