Supporters are making final preparations for the annual Lighthouse Pregnancy Center fundraiser.
The event, held annually to raise funds for the pregnancy center's operating budget, is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 at the RFC center in Jay.
The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, a video presentation as well as a guest speaker, Brad Jinks, who works part-time with the center's SHAPE program.
SHAPE stands for "Sexual Health Awareness, Prevention and Education." Volunteers teach the course to seventh and eighth graders throughout Delaware county.
Karen Moore, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center executive director, said a popular fixture of previous fundraisers, the "chocolate bar", will be back again this year.
The chocolate bar, in the past, has included everything from chocolate dipped pretzels and chips, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate caramels, and more.
"For $5, you can pretty much get all the chocolate as you can get on a plate," Moore said. "Visit the chocolate bar early on or they might run out of some stuff."
Moore said one change to this year's event is a video presentation in place of a client testimonial.
"We are going to be showing a video about our ultrasound tech and the ultrasounds we do," Moore said. " A lot of people haven't seen [ultrasounds]. Especially if there are people from a different generation. That was not the technology when they were having kids."
Past banquets in 2016 and 2015 raised a combined $22,000. Most recently, monies raised at the banquet have helped with the center's operating costs and the purchase of the ultrasound machine.
This year, Moore said, the proceeds will benefit the center's adolescent sexual health program.
"The biggest thing will be our SHAPE program," Moore said. "Previously, we've been able to purchase the books of this program through a different agency but we are no longer able to do that."
Moore said the money will help purchase 24-page booklets used in the SHAPE program. The books are used in the classes center volunteers teach within the Delaware county schools.
Along with the SHAPE program, Moore said, volunteers at the center provide a number of services, ranging from pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, peer counseling, parenting classes, adoption referrals and Bible studies.
Moore said that the fundraiser each year is important because the center does not receive federal funding.
"We are funded basically through individuals, churches and this banquet," Moore said. "We are Christian-based and we do want to show that."
Another program, Moore said, which is a big part of the center's services is the "Earn while you Learn" intiative.
That program encourages families to learn through different classes and instructional videos and in exchange, participants earn toiletries, baby equipment, everyday household items and clothing.
The program, Moore said, works on a point system so that for every instructional learning class they attend or video they watch, they can earn points that go toward what they need.
The center - which is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - averages approximately 100 visits a month for various classes and needs.
Moore said 1,141 visits were made in 2016 with 1,172 in 2015. A total of 698 dozen diapers were given out in 2016 as well.
About the fundraiser
Dinner for the fundraiser will be served by Creek Bank Cooking of Eucha. Tickets for the fundraiser are $35 with tables of eight being sold for $250.
The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center is located at 638 North Fifth Street in Jay. For more information, or to purchase tickets, persons interested may call the center at 918-253-5472 or Moore at 918-837-1686.