Ladies Night Out in Warner Robins to benefit local adoption service

March 26, 2014 

Toni Henson Slade will perform at the annual Covenant Care Services’ Ladies Night Out on April 10 at Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Slade is a former Miss Warner Robins and Miss Northside High School and founder of Project Giving, a nonprofit organization that helps to meet expenses associated with medical needs.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Covenant Care Services has placed more than 500 children for adoption since 1989 and has provided support for more than 5,000 women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

“We are very excited to have a local person that is known in the area,” said Sandra Neal, one of the organizers of the event. “We are also very excited about having someone of her abilities and her heart for people because that is what Covenant Care is all about, meeting people at their point of need.”

Mary Perdue is chairwoman of the Ladies Night Out event. Along with being a former First Lady of Georgia, Perdue is also a former Covenant Care foster parent.

“In Georgia a birth mother has 10 days to change her mind (about adoption),” Neal said. “Covenant Care does not place children with the adoptive family until after that 10th day. During those 10 days, a foster parent cares for the child.”

Perdue said working with Covenant Care was her first introduction to foster care.

“It was a very sweet experience,” Perdue said about fostering children. “It really gave me an insight and interest that led to my initiatives when (husband) Sonny was governor.”

Being present at the moment when the adoptive parents meet their new child was very moving, she said.

“It was emotional for everybody involved, for the adoptive parents, the foster parents, even the staff who have been getting to know this couple wanting to adopt a child,” she said.

The Ladies Night Out event is an opportunity for Covenant Care to not only raise funds for their ministry but to thank the people in Warner Robins.

“Our main goal is to support women and help them understand there is an option that will give their child a good life and a good future,” said Neal.

Because of events like Ladies Night Out, Covenant Care has some of the lowest adoption fees in the state.

“It is going to be a lot of fun,” said Perdue. “We are going to celebrate the 25th anniversary and talk about the ministry and what it does. There is going to be a dessert reception and a time for fellowship.”

Proceeds from this event, which will start at 7 p.m., benefit the pro-life, adoption ministries of Covenant Care in Middle Georgia and throughout the state. Tickets for the event are $20 each and must be purchased in advance at one of the following locations: LifeWay Christian Store in Warner Robins; Gottwals Books in Warner Robins, Macon, Byron and Perry; My Father’s Place in Warner Robins; or Covenant Care Services’ office in Macon.

Tickets may also be purchased online at Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more information, contact Heather Senter at 478-747-4445.

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