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Time to toss Lifeline a lifeline

February 19, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

One of Cape Coral's unique, mission-driven charities will hold the first of its two primary annual fundraisers next month.

Lifeline Family Center, which provides "educational training, job training, professional counseling, parenting classes, and spiritual direction" to young women 16-22 who choose to keep their babies following an unplanned pregnancy, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special dinner concert featuring award-winning Christian musician Steve Green.

Tickets to the "Songs of Life" concert/dinner to be held Thursday, March 3, are now on sale.

The funds raised, like the money from the organization's annual LifeWalk, go toward Lifeline Family Center's residential program which provides a dozen women at a time with not only a place to stay and raise their children for two years but the tools to become self-sustaining afterwards.

It's a good cause with a proven track record with more than 150 women - and children - served to date. Another 6,000-plus have been helped through its Outreach Ministry program, which provides assistance with material needs, adoption counseling and resource referrals.

In addition to being a fundraiser, the annual dinner is also a celebratory night out that typically draws both a good crowd and an interesting name or two to highlight the evening. A couple of years ago that "name" was nationally renowned columnist and author Cal Thomas, who served as keynote speaker.

Among those who enjoy Christian music, Steve Green is a similar, top-tier face.

"Green's music has been honored with four Grammy nominations, 18 No. 1 songs, and seven Dove Awards, Christian music's highest honor," a release noticing the event states. "He has recorded 37 albums, including children's projects and Spanish language albums and has sold more than three million albums worldwide."

An estimated 400 community leaders, center supporters and music lovers are expected to attend the benefit to be held at McGregor Baptist Church on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Tickets are $70 each or $400 for a table of eight. For those who would like to do more, sponsorships, which include a VIP reception with Green, are available from $1,000 to $10,000. Those attending - or not - also can pledge a monthly or one-time donation, always welcome as Lifeline Family Center is wholly funded through private donations and its two fundraising events each year.

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 239-242-7238.

Donations may be made at . Cash, of course, is always welcome - and sorely needed - but the center also has a "wish list" for everyday items, such as diapers, detergent, baby bathtubs and bassinets; special needs, such as a camera; and practical goods, such as copy paper, toner cartridges and rolls of postage stamps.

Visit if you can help.

- Breeze editorial



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