Our 26th Annual LifeWalk was a success! This year's theme was Each ONE Matters! After last's virtual event, it was good to meet in person again and see the smiling face of the 85 walkers that decided to brave the weather and join us on our route! These walkers represented 14 churches and together raised over $28,000 which was well over our goal of $26,000.
The rain held off for most of the event, so we were able to draw the names of our grand prize winners and pass out the door prizes. The Grand Prize winner of 4 tickets to Unity Christian Music Fest and a 3 day stay a Delta Hotels Muskegon Conference Center was Johna Alexander. Congratulations to all our winners at this year's LIfeWalk.
A special thank you to all the pastors that braved the rain and prayed at each stop along our route - Pastor Greg Buchner from Rockford UMC, Pastor Jonathan Bergsma from City Impact, Bryan and Lisa Baar, also from City Impact, Pastor Mike Adams from Harvest Bible Baptist in Conklin, Pastor Dan Kuhnle from City Church Sparta, and Pastor Craig Owens from Calvary Assemble of God in Cedar Springs who was also our emcee.
Another highlight of the day was the introduction of Alpha's newest staff member - Megan Poll, a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonongrapher (RDMS) who was hired as our Clinic Manager once the ultrasound unit gets up and running. Alpha's board members also celebrated the paying off of our building at 6 N. First St. with everyone present by burning a copy of our land contract. Praise the Lord for HIs faithful provisions to Alpha's life affirming ministry since 1992.
We would also like to thank Jim Perry, ballon animal artiest extraordinaire! The children really enjoyed his creations. Thank you to Amber Schwalm for documenting the event through photography. One staff member that was absent was Alpha the alpaca, Alpha's new mascot! He didn't make it here in time due to travel delays. But Alpha the Alpaca, (he prefers his friends to call him "Al") promises to be here for Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival to meet and greet everyone.
This year in lieu of releasing balloons, we purchased a wreath and participants placed white carnations on the wreath in memory any loved onews that died in the past year.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's LIfeWalk such a hugh success.
God bless you all
Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of Alpha Family Center. We look forward to the day when we can begin providing FREE ultrasounds in our communities. Keep watching for the BIG announcement coming SOON!