On Saturday June 23, 2018, the Living Hope Centers held a fund raiser in Pinetop at The Church. The church is located on a portion of property owned by Blue Ridge Schools. The event was well attended and by our best guesstimate, there were around 250-300 attendees.
The purpose of Living Hope is to help women and men who are in a crisis pregnancy. Their vision statement is “We are a pro-life ministry fostering hope in the lives of individuals and families.” They are a 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization.
They offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parental classes, housing, post abortion and life trauma counseling as well as adoption counseling for the birth mother and father – all at no cost.
Living Hope began in 1997 in Show Low and now has four locations located in Show Low, Springerville, Whiteriver and Phoenix. The Whiteriver location is the only service of this type on a Native American reservation.
Keri Brewer, RN, a representative for Living Hope told me they are not just a service for the beginning of a pregnancy, but they follow up with their clientele for years afterwards offering support and love for the family.
Hopeful Treasures Resale Boutique is a part of the organization located in the old Sho Lo Bowl building at 1901 East Deuce of Clubs in Show Low. The boutique proceeds supports Hope House Maternity Home which offers a safe place for moms-to-be who may need support.
The June 23 fund raiser had the normal silent auction items, a “Mocktail” bar provided by PersNIKKIty’s, and balloons and surprise bags that were available for purchase, which a select few had an extra gift inside. Larger items were included in a live auction that was done by Brenda Lee Sherwood who was the Master of Ceremonies and a Benefit Auctioneer. Everyone was given a paddle with a number which was used to track all purchases.
There were videos shown during the evening with moving testimonials from families who had used the services at Living Hope in the past. They told of their past struggles that ended as success stories which was so encouraging in this age of continuing bad news. The people in the videos were in attendance at the event which was powerfully moving.
Music was provided by the Blue Tattoo Trio before the dinner hour. There was strong support from many businesses in the White Mountains. The event was attended by State Senators Steve Smith and Sylvia Allen and candidate Walter Blackman.
After dinner was served, the auction began. Desserts were auctioned first. By my count, they took in around $4900. Sometimes, I was busy trying to see the dessert as it passed by and so my numbers are not spot on. The German Chocolate cake won the highest bid at $2400!
Other items auctioned off were Diamondbacks tickets donated by Sunstate Technology, Denver Broncos tickets donated by Pearson Southwest Marketing, a Tuft & Needle Mattress donated by Tuft & Needle, a recliner donated by Loft 54 Interiors, dinner with Timber Mesa Fire donated by Timber Mesa Fire & Medical and an AKC Registered Yellow Lab puppy donated by TEP.
Living Hope CEO, Lynnette Carter from Eager, AZ, was the main speaker who told her personal life story. She walked the entire room before dinner greeting the guests.
The benefit did run a little long, but the overall reason everyone was there, was worth the wait. Their brochure says:
- No Judgement
- Love and Acceptance
- Free Of Charge
If you need help, reach out to them at the following phone numbers:
Toll Free: 888-347-4459
Show Low: 928-537-9032
You can also find them online at livinghopecenters.org. Since their services are all free, they welcome all donations.