APCC Celebrate Life With Banquet
By: Cody Davis, Staff Writer
Appalachian News Express
The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center hosted its 5th annual Banquet for Life at the East Kentucky Expo Center, and state Treasurer Allison Ball, who spoke at the event, encouraged attendees to support pro-life groups like the APCC.
“An old African proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child,” said Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center Executive Director Kay Hammond. “When I look out at this crowd tonight, truly I see a village.”
Hammond took time at the banquet to thank all the volunteers and groups that had helped make the vision of the APCC possible.
“Without the sponsors that are here tonight, this program and this event would not be possible,” said Hammond. “Know this, because of your hands that have touched Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, there are children in our community today that are experiencing the childhood that God intended for them to have.”
Hammond opened the stage for Ball, who spoke about how groups like the APCC and the cause they are standing for are important to her.
“I am from Floyd County, so this is my home area, and this is a cause I deeply believe in,” said Ball.
Ball said she was invited to speak at the event by Hammond in August, and she did not know at the time how significant it would become to her.
“We did not know that this event was going to be even more meaningful for me than it’s ever been before. I’ve always cared about life and vulnerable children, especially the unborn and protecting them. That’s always been a deep cause for me. But I did not know back in August of last year that by the time this rolled around that my husband and I would be expecting our first baby,” Ball said.
Ball, who said she recently had a 19-week ultrasound, said that during the procedure her baby gave her a thumbs up within the womb.
“In Kentucky and in the country right now, at 19 weeks those babies aren’t protected. It isn’t until you get to the 20th week that there’s a ban on abortion in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Ball. “And that just really struck us about how important it is that organizations like this exist, that can tell women and families that are considering what to do with those babies that they are needed to keep those babies alive,” said Ball.
Ball also told a story over how a speech by a legislator persuaded a woman not to have an abortion.
“I just want to encourage you about what you are doing. You are here, you are giving and you are supporting. This is one of the most important causes that you can be a part of,” said Ball.
The banquet also featured events such as a silent auction and photo opportunities to help raise funds for the APCC. Entertainment for the night was provided by the Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Men’s Choir.