Caring Network’s Annual Banquet looked a bit different this year. Due to COVID-19, the Banquet was converted to a “hybrid” livestream event. Multiple churches offered to host smaller gatherings where the event could be streamed while following state guidelines. Also, hundreds of people registered to watch from home, either as a family or while hosting a small group of other participants. Although the Annual Banquet was a completely different event this year, it was successful due to the church partners and individuals who continually come alongside Caring Network to reach more women and save more lives.
As a Chicagoland non-profit, Caring Network has been serving women facing unplanned pregnancy since 1981. Through a continued partnership with area churches and dedicated individuals in the community, we are able to fulfill our mission to save lives. Receiving no government funding, our budget is met through events like our Annual Banquet, and continued support from our faithful partners. If you’d like to learn more about our pregnancy resource centers and how we are impacting others, contact us today.
Church Partners for Annual Banquet
Various churches around DuPage County agreed to host smaller gatherings for our Banquet event.
- Belmont Bible, Downers Grove
- Christ Church of Oak Brook
- College Church, Wheaton
- The Compass Church, Naperville/Hobson
- Community Fellowship Church, West Chicago
- Faith Christian Reformed Church, Elmhurst
- Pathway Community Church, Elmhurst
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Lombard
Four other churches partnered with us by hosting small groups on their own:
- Trinity Lutheran, Burr Ridge
- Christ Presbyterian Church, Roselle
- Cityview Community Church, Elmhurst
- Church of the Great Shepard, Wheaton
- Oak Brook Community Church
Volunteers from each location, along with Caring Network staff members, helped with greeting, registration, and ushering. Social distancing guidelines were followed, along with mask-wearing.
Annual Banquet Event “Reinvented”
The event was livestreamed from our usual location at Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Following our typical format, the Banquet included an update on our organization’s vision, as well as a story from two women that received pregnancy services at Caring Network. Our special guest speaker was Dr. David Jeremiah, pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church and founder of Turning Point Radio. If you missed out on the event and would like to watch the video, you can check it out here.
Partners Share Thoughts About Banquet
Through the dedication of the local churches, volunteers, and staff our event was a success. The livestream offered opportunities for people to participate in “real time” despite our current climate. Also, if anyone missed the event, they can go back to watch at a later date, and still contribute financially.
A few of our partners shared their feedback concerning the event:
“We truly enjoyed last night’s banquet, although we missed our usual (face to face) interaction with the great people connected with Caring Network. A very powerful message (as always).”
“Great banquet, Barb! 25 centers in 5 years! LOVE That goal! Go get ‘em. Jeremiah was great. Kirt was great. You were great. Happy 40th Anniversary…”
“I love BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals). Love ‘em. Let God open/close doors, but He uses us! LOVE IT! Hope it was a successful night for you…”
Although the Annual Banquet was different this year, our mission at Caring Network remains the same. Our goal is to reach more women and save more lives. Through the partnership of individuals and churches in our community, we are able to further our efforts. We wouldn’t be able to do this work without ongoing support from those around us. To learn more about how you can partner with us to fulfill our vision, reach out today.