By RORYE O'CONNOR firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — 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.
“We have an amazing adoption program in that we provide ongoing contact with the birth parents as long as is needed,” she said.
One week ago, a 16-year-old adoptee spent a week at Angels’ Cove to be reacquainted with her birth family, a situation which was make possible by the facility’s commitment and longevity, Donoho said.
Angels’ Cove was established in 1985 as a part of the Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi, before moving to Mt. Vernon in 1993.
Donoho said the residents and staff at the facility appreciate the medical professionals in Mt. Vernon, from obstetricians and general practitioners to the Women’s Center staff at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center who have provided care and continuity to the women of the facility.
She encouraged the local community to come to the Sisters Celebrate Life event in order to provide their support to the facility.
“It’s going to be good food and good fun for a good cause,” she said.