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Fundraiser set for pregnancy counseling center Summit Life Outreach

NIAGARA FALLS – A fundraiser will be held Oct. 8 for a Niagara Falls-based nonprofit that offers abortion alternatives for women with unexpected or unplanned pregnancies.

The Summit Life Outreach Center’s annual fundraising dinner will feature testimonials from two women who have been helped by the organization’s programs.

The center, located at 1622 Pine Ave., offers parenting education, free pregnancy testing and counseling. The center also gives participants a chance to take home baby clothes and other items.

“It’s a life-affirming outreach,” said Executive Director Barbara J. Bidak.

The event will feature a guest speaker from Sisters of Life, a religious community of women created “for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life,” according to the group’s website.

Sisters of Life, whose motherhouse is located in Suffern. Rockland County, was founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor.

The Falls facility’s Earn While You Learn program gives parents or those expecting a child to earn credits by participating in a series of 45-minute education sessions. Those credits can be used in the center’s Parenting Shop to obtain things like diapers, clothes and other supplies.

Though most of the center’s more than 230 enrolled participants are women, there are currently seven fathers enrolled as well, Bidak said.

The counseling offered is given by nonlicensed peer counselors.

As the center celebrates its 10th year in operation, the annual fundraising event is the center’s biggest source of funding, she said. Proceeds will support the center’s operations.

The event, which is being held in Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., gets underway with a social hour at 6 p.m., and dinner and a program starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $40. Organizers suggest attendees buy tickets in advance by downloading and mailing in a form from the group’s website at summitlifecenter.com/special-events. For more information, visit the center’s website or call 298-8600.

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