November 19, 2015
Mercy Multiplied hosted a full house last Thursday at the West Monroe Convention Center for its second annual Evening of Mercy. Nearly 600 guests came to enjoy the inspirational dinner program highlighting the work and mission of Mercy.
The evening kicked off with a VIP reception for sponsors from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. where guests were able to take photos with Mercy Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, and Grammy Award winning artist Laura Story. Miss Kay Robertson, Duck Dynasty matriarch and Mercy champion, also made a special guest appearance.
Jeremiah J. Beck, General Manager for The Cross 88.7 FM, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and began the 7:00 p.m. dinner program with a warm welcome and blessing . Guests enjoyed a Louisiana-inspired dinner, followed by special music from Story.
Nancy Alcorn, Mercy Founder and President, gave a special address and thanked the Monroe community and long-time supporters for believing in the original vision of Mercy. She spoke about the incredible growth of Mercy since the first home was built in Monroe in 1983, including the addition of homes in Nashville, St. Louis, Sacramento, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. Alcorn also shared about Mercy’s new outreach programs that extend the life-changing principles taught in the Mercy homes to a broader audience and include resources such as her latest book Ditch the Baggage: Change Your Life.
Throughout the evening, several Mercy graduates shared how their lives have been transformed because of Mercy. Porsha, a 2013 graduate, told guests how the severe abuse she endured throughout her childhood drove her to run away, be suicidal, and ultimately be committed to a psychiatric ward. With the tools she learned at Mercy, Porsha was able to replace the lies she believed with God’s truth. She now walks in freedom and is working as direct support to people with special needs.
Dee Ledbetter, Mercy Monroe Community Board Member, and her husband, Dr. John Ledbetter, ended the program with a call to action. As long-time Mercy supporters, the couple shared the life-changing impact a gift to Mercy can make and encouraged everyone to join in the effort to help hurting girls find lasting freedom.
Mercy Multiplied is thankful for all the supporters, board members and graduates who made Evening of Mercy such a memorable night. All funds raised at the event will go toward the free-of-charge care Mercy provides young women like Porsha to break free from life-controlling issues. Mercy especially thanks all of the event sponsors, including Patron Sponsors Dr. John and Dee Ledbetter and Bob and Shelly McCormick.
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