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Annual dinner raises funds for Lifeline Family Center

March 30, 2018
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Even the standing room was gone for the annual benefit dinner for Lifeline Family Center featuring "5 Love Languages" best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman.

Drawing on experiences from his own life plus more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling, Chapman spoke about how to have a successful relationship by learning which "love language" your partner responds to: 1) words of affirmation; 2) quality time; 3) acts of service; 4) physical touch; or 5) receiving gifts.

The success of his first book, "The 5 Love Languages; The Secret to Love That Lasts," which is a New York Times Best Seller, led him to write special editions for singles, men, teens, children and those in the military.

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From left, Pam DeCicco, Jenny DeCicco, Kelly Johnson, Stu Johnson of sponsor Cape Coral Breeze, Leslee Malone and Dee Thompson, also representing The Breeze.

More than 600 people attended the March 22 dinner at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers.

To date the event raised $107,412 for the work of Lifeline Family Center, which helps women in crisis pregnancies become self-supporting.

Lifeline Family Center graduate Katherina Gonzalez also gave testimony of how the program changed her life and that of her young daughter. Gonzalez now works at Lifeline Family Center in the public relations/development department.

Major sponsors for the event were Jerry and Dee Horne and Glenn and Ada Ann Healey. Other sponsors included The Breeze Newspapers, CTN Southwest Florida, Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media.

Lifeline Family Center provides a home in Cape Coral for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies to help them become self-supporting through education, job training, parenting classes, professional counseling and spiritual guidance. It is the only residential program in Lee County for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies who are not part of the foster care program.

The non-profit organization serves up to 12 young women, ages 16 to 25, and up to 24 babies at a time. The non-profit also operates a 24/7 Pregnancy Phone Helpline, provides free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds by appointment and does outreach to all areas of Lee County, including all college campuses.

Lifeline Family Center receives no government funding and is wholly dependent upon donations from generous individuals, churches and corporations as well as United Way funding. For more information about Lifeline Family Center, visit

The center is at 907 SE 5th Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33990



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