The Women’s Resource Center of Natchitoches is pleased to announce that their 14th Annual Celebration of Life Gala will be held this upcoming Thursday, Sept. 26. The program will be live-streamed at no charge on their Facebook page and will officially begin at 6:30 p.m.

The WRC hosts this event every September to allow them to continue to serve the more than 400 women they see every year. These women come from over seven different parishes, most of them young, in need, and experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Services include information, emotional and spiritual support and encouragement, and material assistance up to a year after her child is born. These services are designed to give a woman the confidence she needs to make a life affirming choice for her unborn child, aid her in having a healthy pregnancy, and to equip her to be a successful woman and mother.

This is the major fundraising event held by the WRC each year and plays a large role in allowing WRC to continue to provide all services free of charge to clients. The only difference is the location, that it will be fully virtual. Due to COVID-19, the WRC aims to allow anyone near and far in Central Louisiana and beyond to safely join in from their homes, churches, workplaces, and more to watch this live-streamed program. There will also be a call center set up the night of the Gala, where volunteers can take donations during the program or provide information on the center’s services to any woman in need that may be watching.

The keynote speaker this year is Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. Louisiana Right to Life, established in 1970, works through education, activism, legislation and service to restore the right to life in Louisiana. During his years with Louisiana Right to Life, Clapper has built a volunteer-run organization into a professional operation making an impact in Louisiana from the State Capitol to the high school classroom. During his time working to advance pro-life legislation, Louisiana has been at or near the top of the list of most pro-life states in the nation. Clapper has worked on the political side to elect pro-life leaders to office.

Within walking distance of NSU, the WRC was founded in 1989 to offer assistance and guidance to young women facing difficult life situations most often due to unplanned pregnancies. Since that early beginning, thousands of young women have been served by providing them with pregnancy tests, counseling, prenatal education, ultrasounds, childbirth instruction, breastfeeding education, car seat safety classes, parenting classes, material assistance, and liaisons to community assistance. Thousands of hours each year in service are provided thanks to the numerous trained volunteers and nurses on staff.

Thanks to the generous contributions of individual supporters, organizations, churches, and businesses, the WRC reaches hundreds of young women each year from all walks of life to ensure that when they walk into the Center, they will never receive any type of bill after they leave.

The event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/297934961434063/. In lieu of tickets this year, donations can be made to the Women’s Resource Center located at 107 North Street in Natchitoches or by calling (318) 357-8888.