Pregnancy Care Center

17 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Organizers of the 17th annual Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life are pleased not only with this year’s turnout, but the change of venue.
According to Christie Corey, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center, this year’s walk began and ended at Riverside Park in Presque Isle.

“We went from Riverside, up Main Street, turned on Park Street, connected onto Dyer and went around the loop back to Riverside,” she said. “Usually we have the walk on a Saturday that originates from our office on Academy Street, but this year we had it on Thursday, May 31. We did it on a Thursday to really encourage families to come out because we’re a family-orientated ministry.
“We had about 88 walkers registered, but there were at least 100 people who joined us for the walk,” said Corey. “We had some with sponsors and some without. We had kids in strollers, as well as people of all ages, plus the County Patriot Young Marines and Right to Life from Fort Kent joined us.”
Twelve churches were also represented at the walk including the Military Street Baptist Church of Houlton.
“We raised a little over $4,500 toward our goal of $10,000,” said Corey. “We have a yearly budget of $100,000 operating two pregnancy care centers – one in Presque Isle and the other in Houlton. This was one of our three fund-raisers we conduct each year. We are a totally non-profit organization depending solely upon fund-raisers and the donations of individuals.”
Corey said the PCC didn’t offer prizes this year, but rather concentrated its efforts on raising more money for the operating expenses.
“We focused on people coming out and walk for life which is our cause,” she said. “It was another good walk, and we were very encouraged this year with the amount of participation.”
Following the 1.7-mile walk, participants were treated to ice cream sundaes at Riverside Park. The band, Peculiar, from the Presque Isle Wesleyan Church provided entertainment.
“It was a fun night,” Corey said, “and the weather was beautiful. Last year we had 46 walkers and brought in a little over $2,000, so we doubled in walkers and funds, and everybody had a really good time. We have a lot to be thankful for … we really do. We’re happy with how things went, and hopefully next year’s walk will be even more successful.”
In addition to helping pay for utilities, money raised from the walk will be used to purchase materials.
“All of the services that we offer are free to our clients,” said Corey. “We do free pregnancy testing, a teen abstinence program, Bible studies, confidential peer counseling, parenting classes, adoption referrals, an abortion recovery program, as well as offer free maternity and infant’s clothing, friendship and support.”
If anyone would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Corey at 764-0022 or 227-4024.