June 1, 2024 | Local News, Special Issue
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Fr. Corey D. Bruns leads the opening prayer at the April 27, 2024 Evening in Italy gala. RILEY GREIF | WKC

Pregnancy home surpasses $20,000 goal at spring fundraiser


On April 27, an inaugural fundraising event was held to support St. Gianna Crisis Pregnancy Home, which is scheduled to open this summer in Bowling Green. The sold-out event, with the theme of “An Evening in Italy,” saw about 275 guests, including several local Catholic priests. The event raised nearly $35,000, surpassing its goal of raising $20,000.

“We were blown away at the response to our first annual Evening in Italy gala,” said Lisa Carter, director of development for St. Gianna’s. “Thank you to everyone that supported us with donations, ticket purchases, and prayers.”

Fr. Randy Howard participates in an activity at the gala. Fr. Howard is the pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green, on whose campus St. Gianna’s will reside. RILEY GREIF | WKC

St. Gianna Crisis Pregnancy Home, operating under the umbrella of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro, will be located on the campus of Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green. The home will be rooted in Catholic tradition, offer transitional housing exclusively for women experiencing a pregnancy with no means of support, and be inclusive and welcoming regardless of women’s religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, familial status, or geographical location. The home will also offer after-birth care, including the option for postpartum moms to stay at St. Gianna’s with their baby for up to eight months after delivery.

Next year’s Evening in Italy fundraiser is scheduled for May 25, 2025. Learn more about the home at https://www.stgiannacph.org/.

Originally printed in the November 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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