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Women's Refuge Third Annual Christmas Banquet

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge…” Psalm 91:4 was the theme of the Women's Refuge annual banquet, where more than 350 supporters recently gathered at Corporate Air Hangar. The event presented by the Bernard A. Egan Foundation featured a delicious dinner by Wild Thyme Catering and a magnificent silent auction display featuring items from the Women’s Refuge Resale Shop and other generous sponsors.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of keynote speaker actor Kevin Sorbo and, according to executive director Diane Ludwig. "His message connected deeply with our mission: to provide a Christian residential program and community counseling center for the emotionally, mentally, and spiritually wounded," said Ludwig.

Thanks to the outpouring of support, many will experience help, hope, and lifelong healing from traumatic life experiences. Overall the evening was perfect because of its sponsors, volunteers, and committee members ­ – the driving force behind this over-the-top successful event! The agency even exceeded its fundraising goal by 60%.

Read local news event coverage HERE

Lucy Marine and Gold Sponsor Vice President of Agri Services Intl Mr. Bill Marine

Table Sponsor Lucy Marine and Gold Sponsor Bill Marine

Venue Sponsor and Corporate Air CEO Rodger Pridgeon with Keynote Speaker Kevin Sorbo

Venue Sponsor Corporate Air CEO Rodger Pridgeon

Greg & Angela Nelson, WR Executive Director Diane Ludwig, Presenting Sponsor and President at Bernard A. Egan Foundation Bernadette Emerick with her husband Mike Emerick

Greg & Angela Nelson, WR Executive Director Diane Ludwig, Presenting Sponsor and President at Bernard A. Egan Foundation Bernadette Emerick with her husband Mike Emerick

Women's Refuge Board of Directors Ted & Donna Robart, Pat Marine, Bobbi Smick, Richard Johnson, Rebecca Callahan, Diane & Bill Ludwig

Women's Refuge Board of Directors Ted & Donna Robart, Pat Marine, Bobbi Smick, Richard Johnson, Rebecca Callahan, Diane & Bill Ludwig

Hospitality Event Chair Kathy Jones and Committee Member Sherry Johnson

Hospitality Event Chair Kathy Jones and Committee Member Sherry Johnson

Food Sponsors Maria & Travis Beckett, Wild Thyme Catering

Food Sponsors Maria & Travis Beckett, Wild Thyme Catering

Volunteers and Committee Members

Volunteers and Committee Members

Founder Donna Robart, Pastor Lillian Garcia, Speaker Kevin Sorbo, Decorations Chair Brenda Bradley and Board Member and Gold SponsorPat Marine

Founder Donna Robart, Pastor Lillian Garcia, Speaker Kevin Sorbo, Decorations Chair Brenda Bradley and Board Member and Gold Sponsor Pat Marine

800_3556-118 Mike & Lisa Coburn

Michael and Lisa Coburn

Founder Donna Robart, Pastor Lillian Garcia, Speaker Kevin Sorbo, Decorations Chair Brenda Bradley and Board Member and Gold SponsorPat Marine

Table Sponsors Gene & Marilyn Lofaro

800_3593-146 Caroline Garcia, Kairy Martinez, Liliana Garcia and Margit Maria

Caroline Garcia, Kairy Martinez, Liliana Garcia and Margit Maria

Chuck Erickson, Deana & Glenn Malchow

Chuck Erickson, Deana & Glenn Malchow