Chester County Women’s Services, a nonprofit Pregnancy Care Medical Resource Center, recently raised more than $150,000 at its 33rd Annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction at The Desmond in Malvern.
CCWS – with offices located in Coatesville, Kennett Square, and West Chester – exists to educate and empower individuals and their families to make life-affirming choices.
Almost 300 guests attended the event, which included a silent auction with more than 80 baskets, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a photo booth.
Following the auction was a formal dinner and presentation emceed by Pastor Jason Houck from Mission Community Church in Exton. CCWS Executive Director Myriam Ruager was the main speaker. Ken Hunt, CCWS Board President, and Dr. William Brown, CCWS Medical Director, also presented.
The evening concluded with a presentation by Lauren McComas of SALT Performing Arts.
The theme of the evening – “PRICELESS” – reminded each guest of their value as seen through God’s eyes.
“Just as God sees each one of us in this way, he also views each client and baby that comes through the CCWS doors in this same way,” said Ruager.
The funds raised will help further the CCWS mission of saving the lives of unborn children and offering hope to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.
“Last year, CCWS had 34 clients choose life for their babies,” said Houck. “All of the work that goes on year-round at CCWS would have been worth it for just one life being saved, but instead, we are standing here today in awe knowing 34 precious babies were saved!”
Hunt introduced the new CCWS Medical Director, Dr. Brown, and new radiologist, Dr. Jeffrey Hung. Brown and Hung oversee the medical aspect of the organization.
Brown’s presentation included three ultrasounds in which the heartbeat of babies could be seen and heard just weeks after conception. Guests were able to see a baby suck his thumb and give a kick in the womb.
The evening’s presenting sponsor was Stillman Volvo of West Chester, and live music was provided by vocalist Vanessa Ortiz and keyboardist Laura Kreider.
All of CCWS’s services are free and offered in both English and Spanish. Families are supported physically, emotionally, and financially through basic pregnancy care, parenting education, peer counseling, a homeless prevention program, and community referrals.