Pregnancy center hopes for big turnout at chili supper

Last year, the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center chili supper raised about $2,000 for the organization.

That was better than the previous year, but organizers say they hope to raise even more at this year's chili supper.

"We are always glad if we do a little better," said pregnancy center Director Sandi Billig.

The 13th annual chili supper and silent auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St.

The chili supper is the nonprofit organization's biggest fundraiser of the year. The pregnancy center's other fundraiser is the Walk For Life, which is every summer.

The silent auction has a variety of products donated by local businesses, Billig said.

Money from the supper will be used to pay for the free services the center offers clients.

The nondenominational Christ--ian organization provides free services including pregnancy tests, advice and supplies, including diapers and food.

Through the Earn While You Learn program, clients can earn certificates toward baby supplies while they learn about how to care for themselves and their babies. Supplies from the program are for the clients to keep, unlike other products at the center, which are only available to rent.

The pregnancy center is a pro-life organization. But it gives expecting mothers information about all options, including abortion.

"Our fervent desire is that they never have an abortion," Billig said. "But if someone has an abortion, we are not going to condemn them."

Billig scheduled this year's supper and auction for a weekend when there was no home football game at Moffat County High School. By doing so, the chili supper doesn't have to compete with other major community events, she said.

Billig said she hopes the chili supper attracts hunters, as well.

Tickets for the chili supper are available at the door for $5 per person or $8 per couple.

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