The number 13 wasn’t unlucky for the Alpha Family Center of Lowell. The local non-profit held its 13th Annual Friendship Banquet on October 10 and raised more than $27,000 in support of its mission to help area families.
“We depend very heavily on fundraisers such as this as well as ongoing individual support,” says Christa Wetzel, executive director of the Alpha Family Center of Lowell. The organization provides a variety of free services including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, GED classes and English as a Second Language classes. Diapers, clothing and other supplies are also available to those in need.
Banquet Theme: Leaving a Legacy
Held at the First Baptist Church of Lowell, 175 people attended this year’s banquet. The 2019 theme was Leaving a Legacy which tied into the 150th anniversary of the building at 519 E. Main Street which houses the Alpha Family Center of Lowell.
“We shared some history of the building as well as [inspiration] to continue building a legacy,” Wetzel says. Table decorations featured photos from Lowell’s past as attendees learned more about how they could help ensure a bright future for the community. In celebrating local leaders, past and present, participants were asked to consider what Lowell would look like without these individuals.
The evening kicked off with a punch reception and was followed by a dinner. Jim Sprague, executive director of PRC (Pregnancy Resource Center) was the featured speaker for the evening. King Milling, Automatic Dior Service and First Baptist Church of Lowell were the event underwriters. All funds raised from the event support the Alpha Family Centers in Lowell and Lake Odessa.
All photos are courtesy of the Lowell Family Center of Lowell.