(PRWEB) May 27, 2010
Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, will be keynote speaker at the Mercy in the Evening dinner event on Thursday, June 17, with a reception beginning at 6:30pm at The Blackstone Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago, IL. The dinner, in support of Mercy Ministries of America, will also include the musical talent of native Chicago band, BarlowGirl, and powerful testimonies of young women who have graduated from the nonprofit Christian residential program.
Mercy Ministries of America helps young women between the ages of 13–28 who face life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy Ministries also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex-trafficking.
Nancy Alcorn has authored several books covering these topics, as well as the amazing story of how Mercy Ministries began. She has made appearances on many television and radio shows and speaks to audiences all over the world. Her message of transformation and life-change is powerful and dynamic.
Over 500 young women are currently in the process of applying to the Mercy Ministries 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 Chicago community to help with funding, volunteering and awareness.
As long time supporters of Mercy Ministries, Christian rock band, BarlowGirl (http://www.barlowgirl.com), hopes to raise awareness to partners and spread the word to people that they can join Mercy in helping to change lives. They had this to say about their involvement in the upcoming Chicago event:
“Issues of eating disorders and self-harm have personally touched our family, and so we have a passion to see girls set free from these terrible chains. We love that Mercy trusts God to bring in the money so they can offer free, loving care for girls in need. It is a blessing for us to be partners.”
To purchase tickets for $125 per person or to find out about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Selah Hirsch at (636) 209-0601. Guests will also have the opportunity to view and purchase works of art titled “Portraits of Mercy” created by residents of the St. Louis home.
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, depression, and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Mercy Ministries of America has residential homes in Monroe, LA; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; and Lincoln, CA. For more information on Mercy Ministries and its global affiliates, please visit http://www.mercyministries.com.