Wednesday, November 25, 2009

An Afternoon of Mercy in St. Louis

On Saturday, Brenda Warner, community philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author of the book "First Things First," and co-founder of First Things First Foundation in St. Louis with her husband, NFL great Kurt Warner, currently the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals , joined Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries as the keynote speaker for An Afternoon of Mercy ladies luncheon in St. Louis. There were over 160 guests who were greeted by Mercy graduates at The Country Club at St. Albans, just outside of St. Louis. This was an exclusive fundraising and awareness event to support the work of Mercy Ministries and nearly $25,000 was raised for the young women we serve!

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Brenda Warner pictured with Nancy Alcorn

The guests were given an opportunity to purchase original pieces of art created by St. Louis residents under the direction of Bert VanderMark, who is a local artist and Founder of Visual Parables. These pieces of artwork entitled “Portraits of Mercy” were sold at the event with proceeds going back to support the work of Mercy Ministries. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to sell 30 pieces of art! Mercy Ministries would also like to give a special thanks to the St. Louis photography group, Lightwriters, who generously donated 12 beautiful photos for the art sale.

Sarah Vaughn led guests in worship and everyone had a chance to hear life-transforming testimonies from graduates. Nancy Alcorn shared the heart and vision of Mercy Ministries and told several stories from her personal testimony. Brenda Warner then shared a bit of her personal story of overcoming tragedy and adversity as she shared her heart for young women.

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Nancy Alcorn pictured with graduates

Julianne Fogt, Community Relations Manager for Mercy Ministries in St. Louis, and An Afternoon of Mercy organizer, shared about this special event:

“After many months of planning, it was incredible to see the room decorated so beautifully and to stand before the works of art created by these precious St. Louis Mercy girls. I was blessed beyond measure by the generosity of those who attended this event, both in their giving and in their offers to help through volunteering and prayer.”

Thank you to our ministry partners who join with us to extend the unconditional love of Christ to hundreds of hurting young women each year. Your faithful prayers and support make hope and transformation possible for the girls we serve.

Check out these pictures from the luncheon.