Friday, November 13, 2009

Brenda Warner Helps Host Charity Luncheon for Mercy Ministries St. Louis

An Afternoon of Mercy serves as a Fundraising and Awareness event to support home for troubled young women

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, will be joining Brenda Warner, Community Philanthropist and Co-founder of First Things First, a local outreach ministry, as the keynote speakers at an exclusive ladies luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Country Club of St. Albans. A fundraising and awareness event to support the work of Mercy Ministries of America, the brunch will also feature powerful testimonies of young women who have graduated from the Mercy Ministries non-profit Christian residential program, and music from worship artist, Sarah Vaughn. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase works of art created by St. Louis Mercy Ministries residents that will be presented, along with a silent auction of unique gift items.

Mercy Ministries of America exists to transform the lives of young women between the ages of 13-28 who face life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, physical and sexual abuse, depression and unplanned pregnancy.

Over 700 young women are currently in the process of applying to the program to be placed in one of the four residential homes in the U.S. With the numbers of applicants continuing to grow, Mercy Ministries looks to the St. Louis community to help with funding, volunteering and awareness so they can continue providing care to young women completely free of charge.

Julianne Fogt, Community Relations Manager for Mercy Ministries in St. Louis, had this to say about the upcoming event:

"This is the second year for our ladies luncheon and we hope it will create excitement in the community about the work we are doing here. Our goal is to encourage people to get involved in helping to change the lives of broken young women and give them renewed hope!"

To purchase tickets for $75 per person or to find out about purchasing a table for this event, please contact Julianne Fogt at (636) 326-2015 or email her at jfogt@mercyministries.com.

Since 1983, Mercy Ministries' free-of-charge, voluntary Christian residential program has served a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, physical and sexual abuse, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy Ministries of America has residential homes in Monroe, La.; Nashville, Tenn.; and St. Louis, Mo., and Lincoln, Calif. Mercy Ministries has global affiliates in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Peru. For more information on Mercy Ministries, please visit www.mercyministries.com.