GUEST SPEAKER: Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC), above, addresses the crowd during the fifth-annual Banquet for Life held at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 23. Below, APCC Director Kay Hammond welcomes guests.
Medical Leader│Photos by ABIGAIL GIBSON

Hundreds show support for APCC

Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) held their fifth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center (EXPO) on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

The event was presented by Community Trust Bank and the EXPO.

Over 500 business and community members came together to celebrate the accomplishments of APCC and show their support.

Cornerstone Christian Church Pastor Paul Potter delivered a prayer before dismissing tables to receive their dinner.

“The Banquet for Life allows us to help mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter future for themselves and their babies,” APCC Director Kay Hammond said. “This year’s banquet was a huge success, I am grateful for the support shown within our community and the numerous amount of hours contributed through our committee to make this event a success.”

Hammond said without the committee, staff and volunteers this event would not be possible.

“The event raises awareness within the community, in addition to raising money to maintain a much needed facility within our region,” she said.

Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain programs for the center.

“The silent auction fundraiser and table sales brought in a total of  $40,000,” she said. 

Participants enjoyed The Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church Choir, an all men’s choir from Lynch, took part in a large selection of silent auction items and heard a testimony from Sandy Gross. 

Attendees also had the opportunity for a professional photography session with Deneisha Osborne owner of Moments of the Heart Photography and a photo booth.

Among those in attendance was Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the APCC.

“It’s amazing to see how far the event has come over the past five years and what an impact we will be able to make in the lives of others,” Hammond said.

The APCC was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organization that offers services and support for women, teens and families facing unplanned pregnancies. The group has served over 4,000 participants within the past ten years.