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May 9, 2013

Celebrate Life fundraiser to be held

MT. VERNON - After a successful first attempt, Angels’ Cove will again host the Sisters Celebrate Life fundraiser.

The event will begin 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, said Carla Donoho, Angels’ Cove director.

The fundraiser will feature a brunch, fashion show and live and silent auctions, Donoho said.

“The fashion show will be provided by Maurice’s, and we have models as young as 10 years old to in their 70s,” she said. “We have a real fun element this year. We have our executive director, Doug Devore, and Ron Summers, who will be performing their special version of the song ‘Sisters.’”

Tickets for the event are $20. Group photos will be available as well.

Some tables at the event will again be sponsored by donors and decorated in unique tablescapes, Donoho said.

“Votes are given throughout the morning to determine whose tablescape wins,” she said. “Those votes are cast by donating money for the favorite table.”

Donoho said the fundraiser brought about $8,000 to the Angels’ Cove facility, which provides residential care to young women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Donoho said most young women who come to the facility choose to parent their children, rather than pursuing adoption.

“We try to give them what I call a hand up rather than a hand out, to help them get on their feet, obtain an education, secure employment, find housing and sometimes rebuild relationships with people in their lives,” she explained. “We just had a new baby born last night, whose mother while she was here obtained her CNA certification, passed her driver’s license test and obtained her license, and has obtained everything she needs to set up and care for her new baby girl.”

Though Donoho said fewer residents of Angels’ Cove choose to develop an adoption plan, the facility is a licensed adoption agency in the state of Illinois.

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