The annual banquet by Richland Pregnancy Services is coming up on Nov. 14 at Mid-Ohio Conference Center.
This year’s theme is “Life is an Adventure.” Amanda Clark, executive director of Richland Pregnancy Services, explained the idea behind the theme.
“We’re on a new adventure as an organization. I have been the executive director for five months, and we have hired many new staff members within the last two years. We also have a lot of things we’re being called to in this community.”
These new callings will be revealed at the banquet, as will an announcement regarding the organization’s future.
“We’ll be sharing all we’ve done,” said Clark. “We will be sharing the vision for the future of this organization - where we feel led to go and what we feel led to do.”
For now, all Clark can reveal is that Richland Pregnancy Services is being called to reach more people in the community with their compassionate and free services.
This banquet allows the organization to keep all services free. Services offered range from pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, support services such as dad-to-dad and mom-to-mom mentoring, and educational services about options for pregnant women.
Richland Pregnancy Services has recently opened a location at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, and Clark said that they are set up to exceed the number of clients served at this location than they previously saw last year. She anticipates the need to grow at both offices.
In addition to these services being free, there is also no cost to attend the fundraiser. Guests are encouraged to donate, but the ticket itself is free of charge. The dinner will be catered by Blue Ribbon Catering, and Jeffery Dean will be speaking at the event.
“He is a phenomenal speaker,” said Clark. “His emphasis is on raising strong families. People can anticipate for him to speak about how important a pregnancy center is in this community.”
There will also be a ministry update, and, according to Clark, “one of the most beautiful client testimony videos recorded” about how their ministry has helped a family in the community.
The fundraiser has been going on since 1987. The event typically brings in around 500 people, but Clark hopes to exceed that number this year.
“I think the people that come will be really encouraged and inspired,” said Clark. “This will encourage people about what is going on in our community and what will happen to help Richland County flourish. This is a great way to meet with others in the community that are passionate about the work we do.”
Register online at https://friendsofrichlandpregnancy.com/events/banquet/. Tickets will also be available in person at Richland Pregnancy Services. Register by Nov. 1 to reserve your spot and to hear about this organization’s impact in the community.