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Whispering Hope organizers pleased with gala
Pat Layton, founder and president of Life Impact Network, a 25-year-old sanctity of life ministry in Tampa, Fla., addresses attendees at Whispering Hopes annual Gala for Life at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. - photo by For the Forsyth County News


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ALPHARETTA -- A local organization that helps women dealing with unplanned pregnancies raised nearly $60,000 during a recent gala.

Whispering Hope held the annual Gala for Life, its largest fundraiser of the year, on March 13 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.

“We had a smaller crowd this year, but we actually raised more per person than ever before,” said Jackie Batson, executive director of the Christian nonprofit organization.  

“We raised over $59,000, however our goal this year to meet our budget needs is $100,000. We hope our donors will continue to support us in the coming months to help reach our goal.”

The gala featured a dessert reception and silent auction, as well as an address by Pat Layton, founder and president of Life Impact Network, a 25-year-old sanctity of life ministry in Tampa, Fla.

Layton is a nationally known pro-life author, speaker and coach. She talked about the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan found in the Book of Luke, chapter 10.

Batson said Whispering Hope shares many similarities to the parable.

“We realize that to truly come alongside anyone in a crisis is a long-term commitment,” she said. “We’re not just there during the decision-making process, but we are also there for these women and their children throughout their pregnancy and into their first year-and-a-half of parenting.”

Batson said Whispering Hope worked with nearly 400 clients in 2013 through offerings such as free pregnancy and STD testing, limited ultrasounds, counseling and educational information.

The program also offers families the chance to earn money to buy items such as diapers, wipes, clothing and car seats at its Mommy Store, and a post-abortion program to help women struggling with emotional trauma.

“We are here to see lives saved and hearts changed,” Batson said.