Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Gainesville celebrated its 26th year Thursday night at its annual gala fundraiser.
The name change, from Gainesville Care Center, Executive Director Ann Gainey said in her introductory remarks, is part of the group’s efforts to reach “abortion-minded women.”
“Everything we have done this year has been because if we don’t get the abortion-minded woman through our doors, a baby cannot be saved,” Gainey said.
More than 400 people attended the gala in the banquet hall of the First Baptist Church on Green Street to show their support for the center.
Keynote speaker Becky Turner of The Great Turnaround/Bruce Wilkinson Ministries referred to the Holocaust in her address to guests.
She played a scene from director Steven Spielberg’s classic Holocaust movie on businessman Oskar Schindler, who sacrificed time, personal safety and wealth to save more than 1,000 Jews under the guise of acquiring cheap labor for his factory.
In the scene, Schindler, filled with regret, wishes he had sold his belongings to fund saving more lives.
“What do we have, that’s that pin, that’s that car, that apartment,” she said. “I wonder is there a Schindler in this room that would say, ‘It’s a sacrifice, it’s a three-, four-, five-year commitment, but I want to save 1,100. I want to save that many because I can.”
The group also used the evening to highlight a woman the center had served. Ally Schofield reconnected with the center by e-mail and came from Northwest Arkansas for the event.
Schofield is a friend of the star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” mom Michelle Duggar, Gainey said.
“She was sitting in Michelle Duggar’s house and they were talking and Ally said to Michelle, ‘You know there was a pregnancy center back in Georgia that helped me six years ago,’ and Michelle said ‘Why don’t you Google them and thank them!’” Gainey said.
Schofield was 17 when she had her first daughter. When she was 18, she considered terminating her second pregnancy. Now, she and her husband have been married five years and have five daughters.
At the end of the night, Turner announced that more than $200,000 had been raised.
The care center offers post-abortion classes to both men and women, provides educational resources on the other options in an unwanted pregnancy and provides testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The center also offers women a free pregnancy test and an ultrasound.