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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:03AM

Choices Pregnancy Care Center hosts successful open house

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JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Keith Campbell, Mandy Fugate, Dawn Campbell and Ted Brown share a moment at an open house Sunday at Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Lake Placid.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Choices Preganancy Care Center director Mandy Fugate talks to potential volunteers Sally and Dick Thompson.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Executive Director Cathy Brown speaking to (left to right) Nellie Brown, Andrea Green, Jean Pace, and Claudia Reynolds.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Choices Pregnancy Care Center director Mandy Fugate with Janet Kershner and Sally Thompson.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Lake Placid. CPCC celebrated with an open house, showing off its remodeled location at 225 E. Royal Palm Ave.

More than 30 guests were greeted by volunteers and many arrived bearing gifts of baby clothing, blankets, and homemade items such as sewn burp cloths and crocheted hats and booties. Gifts and donations are appreciated by the nonprofit, non-government subsidized organization.

“Today was wonderful!  We had much interest in the center and in volunteering. Praise God,” exclaimed Director Mandy Fugate. “We hope to hold a volunteer training in the near future to accommodate the new client advocates,” she said. “We are looking forward to what God has in store for 2014!”

Fugate said she was very pleased with the turnout.

CPCC offers women an alternative to abortion. It provides spiritual, emotional and material support during and after an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. The organization encourages life-affirming decisions through education on all options available.

The remodel to the center was extensive and completed just before the open house. “I would like to thank a few people,” Fugate said. “First, I cannot do anything without Christ and his love has been reflected by Betty Lesane, Dana and David Jackson, Ruth Shelton, Shane Fugate, Kyler Biehl, and Ava Fugate thank you for your hearts, dedication, and hard work. Open house wouldn’t have happened without you!”

“Thanks also to the gentlemen of First Baptist Church of Lake Placid who worked diligently over the past year remodeling the HOPE Ministry Building into a place that people of all walks of life may find true hope,” she said.

CPCC in Sebring will host an open house on Sunday and Avon Park will hold its own open house on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Choices will host a 2014 Celebration of Life Fundraising Banquet on Jan. 30 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. To register online and obtain more information, visit www.cpcc partners.com.




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