By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- When Linda Evans founded Pregnancy Resources in 1984, she was determined to help women, who found themselves unexpectedly pregnant, get the resources they needed.
Now in its 30th year, Pregnancy Resources will continue its milestone celebration, with one of the organization's most successful fundraisers.
On Saturday, March 15, Pregnancy Resources will host its 24th annual Walk for Life event at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach. Free and open to the public, Walk for Life begins at 8:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. kick-off of the walk.
"Balancing our fall fundraising banquet for adults, with a spring event for families, the Walk for Life is our second-largest fundraising source, providing support that allows us to offer our programs and services free of charge to our community," said Mrs. Evans, who currently serves as president of the board of directors.
Pregnancy Resources provides free services, education and support in a compassionate environment to women and their families, who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
"A teenager or young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy often feels isolated and overwhelmed," Mrs. Evans said. "She deserves a client-centered environment, like Pregnancy Resources, that provides the information and support she seeks."
Recognized nationally, as well as by state and local organizations, Mrs. Evans added that Pregnancy Resources meets a unique need that serves women, while strengthening families and enriching the community, and the Walk for Life is provides an enjoyable way for the community to support its mission.
Although Walk for Life is a free event, Mrs. Evans said that it helps the organization raise money through its participants.
"The Walk for Life participants raise money in two ways -- by being a walker and by supporting a walker," she added.
Participants can visit www.PRWalkForLife.com, where they can click on "Participate," which allows them to create a personal "Walker Web Page." This web page allows walkers to collect pledges, while tracking their progress, online.
People may also click "Give" to donate to a walker they know.
If walkers prefer printed pledge forms, they may contact Pregnancy Resources events coordinator Becky Uhlar at (321) 752-5540.
When asked why Walk for Life has been such a popular event for the organization she founded, Mrs. Evans said that people find it exciting to be part of a gathering of so many, who come together to make their community stronger.
"With refreshments, music, face-painting and inflatable slides for children, the Walk for Life is a celebration that supports an important mission," Mrs. Evans added.
Pilar Blanchard, executive director of Pregnancy Resources, added that she is especially excited for this year's Walk for Life, as the organization celebrates 30 years of services on the Space Coast.
"The Walk for Life highlights the effectiveness of our life-changing services during the past year, and this year will include comprehensive recognition that celebrates our 30th year of service to our community," Mrs. Evans said.
With this tremendous milestone, Mrs. Evans added that Pregnancy Resources' primary goal for its 30th year is to continue to provide professional, confidential, client-focused services, free of charge, to women facing unexpected pregnancies.
"We continually seek to meet our clients' needs," Mrs. Evans added. "Recently, we have added STD testing, financial and life-skills classes and a fatherhood program."
In addition to welcoming returning Walk for Life participants, Mrs. Evans said she is excited to see some new faces in the crowd on March 15.
"First-time participants are surprised at how easy it is to raise pledges online or in person," she added. "When you arrive at the Walk for Life, you'll be a part of a relaxed, friendly crowd, gathering to enjoy the day and one another, while supporting Pregnancy Resources' unique and effective mission."
The 24th annual Walk for Life, hosted by Pregnancy Resources, is Saturday, March 15 at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach. The event is free, and begins at 8:30 a.m.
Financial donations to Pregnancy Resources can be mailed to Pregnancy Resources, 165 N. Babcock St., Melbourne, 32935.
Pregnancy Resources Baby Mart Resale Store is open to the public and features baby, toddler and maternity clothing, as well as baby furniture, strollers and other necessities.
New or gently-used item donations are accepted during store hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.
For more information about Pregnancy Resources, call (321) 725-5540 or visit www.MelbournePRI.com.
To register to walk or to sponsor a walker, visit www.PRWalkForLife.com.