CATHOLIC CHARITIES CELEBRATES MOMS AND BABIES AND OFFERS BEST WISHES TO BISHOP JOHNSTON
Because of wonderful sponsors and generous donors, Dinner for Life 2015 raised over $190,000 to support the moms and babies at LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home through the coming year!
Three hundred guests gathered at White River Conference Center in Springfield on the evening of September 18 to enjoy live music, dinner, and an exciting silent and live auction. The Dessert Dash was an audience favorite as Dashers from the tables with the highest bids ran to claim the fanciest and most delicious desserts from among those donated by area restaurants and bakeries.
The evening also included a tribute to Bishop James Johnston whose appointment as the Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph was announced just days beforehand. Bishop Johnston’s leadership and support led to the establishment of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri in 2009.
The evening concluded with the showing of a video about the homeless, pregnant women served at LifeHouse, their struggles and the ways that the LifeHouse program affects their lives, providing them the opportunity to choose life for their babies, and giving them hope for a brighter future.
LifeHouse extends its immense gratitude to the sponsors and all those attending Dinner for Life who have made it possible for many more moms and babies to be served in the coming year!
LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home is a 24/7 residential program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Since opening its doors on December 27, 2013, LifeHouse has housed 50 women and 11 toddlers and 25 healthy babies have been born. Some residents choose adoption but most choose to parent. The women can stay for up to one year after delivery as they work toward continuing their education, finding affordable housing and becoming self-sufficient.
Top Left: Barb Ranson and Laura Meek led the Dessert Dash committee and are seen in front of one of the Dessert Tables.
Top Right: Catholic Charities presented Bishop Johnston with a special gift made by the staff and residents of LifeHouse. The framed art work included the words “Love” and “Hope”, and used the footprints and handprints of LifeHouse babies and toddlers, and a photo of the saint relic found at LifeHouse.
Bottom Left: Guests enjoyed the fellowship, including Dinner for Life’s Honorary Chairperson Rosanne Bentley, seen here with Dr. John Bentley and Tom Finnie.
Middle Right: Marcia Horine claims her dessert, as Dasher Seth Hampel hurries to make his own choice.
Bottom Right: Maura Taylor, Executive Director of CCSOMO, updated guests on the how Catholic Charities’ programs serve those most in need throughout the diocese.