Celebrating Families One Baby at a Time
Joezetta's Story, continued
“The other difference is that CPC doesn’t exclude the fathers from their program, in fact, they welcome daddies!” marvels Gatewood, who now has two sons, Amir and Kalil, born five years apart. She is quick to refer others who are facing an unplanned pregnancy, saying, “CPC is my #1 go to.”
A faith-based 501(c)(3), CPC offers abortion alternatives to women considering having an abortion in Beaufort and surrounding counties. Since 2015, when CPC started doing ultrasounds, there has been a significant reduction in the percentage of clients that follow through with their plan to have an abortion.
That is why CPC celebrates life annually at their banquet. The 2019 Celebration of LIFE Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church in Washington. The theme is Celebrating Families One Baby at a Time.
Rev. Jack Holloman, CPC board member, says, “I love babies especially their laughs and giggles!” Doesn’t everyone? While not every banquet guest will have the opportunity to snuggle with a baby and hear baby giggles, there will be a new element to the 10th annual event: Learning Stations, where guests will experience what CPC does “hands-on.”
After a prime rib dinner catered by CarryOut by Chrislyn, the Honorable Regina Parker will address the gathering. Judge Parker is the chief judge for North Carolina District 2—the first African American appointed to the district court bench in District 2, as well as the first woman to serve as chief judge in District 2.
“Whose lives do we count as valuable—it is so easy to love the precious little ones, but Jesus tells us to love everyone, even those considered by many to be unlovable,” challenges Judge Parker. Susie Rollins shares, “Judge Parker has a front row seat to the destruction of so many families here in our community and I believe she has important insights to share with us.”
Serving families is a community effort. CPC assists local agencies by helping families in this community achieve a positive pregnancy and parenting outcome. Many professionals lend their training to assist in administering ultrasounds, counseling, teaching classes on CPR, parenting, baby care, and etiquette. Individuals and churches provide support with prayers, baby clothing and diapers, materials (bottles, toys, lotion, etc.), and financial help.
Banquet tickets are $30 each. Table sponsorships ($250-$1000) include eight seats while also underwriting banquet expenses. To RSVP, click here.