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Whitlow to be guest speaker at The Legacy Center fall fundraiser

David Broyles Staff Reporter

September 28, 2013

The theme of The Legacy Center of Mount Airy’s fall fundraiser, “A Night of Choice,” resonates well with its special guest speaker this year. That person is author Robert Whitlow, who’s most recent best seller is titled “The Choice.”


Center Director Brooke Worsley said the reason the word legacy is in the center’s title is a reminder they help parents start a positive, new legacy for their children and break the cycle of poverty and high school dropouts.


Worsley said the event is set for Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Pilot Mountain on 316 W. Main St. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with the 7 p.m. program followed by a dessert reception. Worsley said organizers ask participants dress in Sunday attire. She said the organizers request adults only for the program.


The idea for the event came about when Worsley learned Whitlow was also from Charlotte. She said the event will again include client testimonials. Participants are asked to RSVP by calling 783-0011 and are asked to make a donation to the center.


“I thought it would be neat to see if one of my favorite authors would be interested in participating,” said Worsley. “He is also a lawyer and law is a thread in his books.”


She said the most recent work for the contemporary fiction Christy Award winner concerns a birth mother who gave up her child for adoption 20 years later advising a girl in a similar situation. Whitlow is known for his legal novels set in the South. He is a Furman University graduate.


Worsley said the center likes to use the dessert reception format as a more relaxed way to engage people through fellowship.


“We rely on donations from the community. People want to see where their money goes when they contribute and hear from someone who has been impacted,” Worsley said. “We found out a more formal banquet made people feel like they were locked in to a brief conversation over a meal.”


Worsley said the center has two paid staff and 12 volunteers. Services provided include accurate information on all pregnancy options, post abortion counseling, classes on fetal development and prenatal care, parenting education, infant and child care classes, ongoing peer-counseling and emotional support, Bible studies, life skill classes and childbirth classes.


She explained the center offers clients a chance to earn special coupons while they are learning. These coupon rewards may be used to “purchase” items from the center’s Baby Boutique which offers necessities such as diapers. Worsley said one ongoing issue the center has is people still don’t know of the services and information it provides.


Worsley said young women facing pregnancy are still not feeling empowered to take charge of their lives. She said the center seeks to help them by connecting them with agencies which can help them. She said the mission of the center is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support for women, men and children facing pregnancy and abortion-related concerns.


“We are trying to encourage them to be the best moms they can be,” said Worsley. “We are encouraging them to reach out and build self-esteem. The center is there to walk along beside them. We are also here to help married couples as well. Our services are not to one specific demographic.”


Information supplied by the center indicates the group had 555 total visits last year with 76 new clients, 30 gospel presentations, 14 pregnancy tests, one post abortive client and 14 babies born. Those interested in more information may contact the center at 783-0011, at legacymtairy@aol.com or at www.legacymtairy.org.


Reach David Broyles @civitasmedia.com or 336-719-1952.