This may be Debbie Rudd's first year running the program, but the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center returns Friday with a community classic.
Rudd as----sumed the role as center director in mid-Sept--ember and is excited for Friday's 14th annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction.
The fundraising dinner is set for 6 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Bids on silent auction items, which include gift certificates and homemade items, must be in by 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per person, $8 per couple or $16 for a family of four, with additional children's tickets costing $1 each. Tickets are available at the door.
Last year, the event raised $2,600 for the center, an amount organizers say is about average for the dinner.
"The money is used to fund the center ... so we can continue to be here for girls and women," Rudd said.
The Pregnancy Center provides information, clothing, diapers, formula and pregnancy tests to area women going through a "crisis" pregnancy. The center is a spiritual-based organization that encourages women to carry babies to full term.
Rudd said expecting fathers also are allowed to seek education and support at the center.
"We're here for the whole family, not just the girl or the woman," Rudd said.
Rudd said the dinner will include a life-like display of babies at various ages while in the womb.
"That's a really fun thing we haven't had before," she said.
Rudd's son, Jorin, 23, will be DJ the event. Rudd and her husband, Ty, also have a daughter, Caitlin, 18.
Rudd said she took the job as director because she "was just really ready for a change."
Previously, Rudd was the manager of Northwest Storage. She is a 10-year member of Mission of Grace Baptist Church in Hayden.
"This is a really nice atmosphere to work in," Rudd said of the Pregnancy Center. "It serves such a need in the valley.
"It's the only place (in Craig) that deals with 'crisis' pregnancies on a real, personal level."
The Pregnancy Center, located in the Country Mall at 356 Ranney St., is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information on the center or the chili supper, call 824-5204.