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Ministry preparing for annual fundraiser

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Choose Life Ministries is continuing with its efforts to construct a residence for young women with life-controlling issues.

The organization's annual Red Carpet Fundraiser will happen on Friday, September 19 at Living Hope Community Church in Estevan. Guests will enter the building on a hot pink carpet this year, and will then be ushered to their seats, according to Choose Life founder Shelley Boyes.

Supper will be a three-course meal with roast beef as the main course.

Mike Bliss will provide the entertainment. Boyes said Bliss is a comedian, juggler and pickpocket, and he provides family-friendly comedy with lots of audience participation.

“I saw his show last November in Branson, Missouri, and it was absolutely fabulous,” said Boyes.

As soon as she saw Bliss perform, Boyes knew that he was a performer she wanted to have at a Choose Life banquet. Boyes' mother, who was in attendance at the Branson show, was in agreement.

Live and silent auctions will also be part of the gala. Handmade quilts, pottery, original artwork, autographed Roughrider items, jewelry, a 28-inch flat screen television/DVD combo and other items will be available.

Boyes will provide an update on Choose Life and its fundraising efforts.

The Red Carpet fundraiser has been a successful venture for Choose Life, Boyes said. The first event in 2012 generated about $12,500, and the second brought in about $25,000. Boyes is hopeful that it will continue to grow.

About half of the tickets have been sold already. Boyes said they can accommodate about 160 people.

Boyes is pleased with the progress that Choose Life has made in its fundraising efforts. Earlier this spring, the ministry opened the Second Chance Thrift Store on Fourth Street, and it has given the organization a steady revenue stream.

About 75 to 100 shoppers have been visiting the store each day, and 200 to 300 items have been purchased daily.

Donations to the thrift store continue to come in as well, Boyes said.

“It's a continual income base, which is really great, and it's something that people have really supported, come alongside, and said 'What a wonderful outlet,'” said Boyes.

Boyes added that the thrift store has also enhanced Choose Life's presence in the Estevan area.

 


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