New York Times Best-Selling Author to Share Secrets of Happy Relationships
FORT MYERS, FLA., February 20, 2018– A special VIP reception is planned for Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of the “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts,” who will be the guest speaker at Lifeline Family Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner Thursday, March 22.
About 600 community leaders are expected to attend the annual benefit dinner at McGregor Baptist Church on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets to the VIP reception with Chapman are available from $1,000 for four people and include dinner. Tickets without the VIP reception are $80 each or $440 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased at www.lifelinefamilycenter.org/benefit-dinner or by calling 239-242-7238.
Millions of readers credit Chapman’s best-selling book, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts,” with saving their marriages and families by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.
Major sponsors for the event are Jerry and Dee Horne and Glenn and Ada Ann Healey. The Cape Coral Breeze and CTN10 Christian Television are the media sponsors for the event. CTN10 General Manager Paul Lodato will be the master of ceremonies.
“We are very pleased Dr. Chapman will be coming to Southwest Florida to share his expertise in marriage and family counseling and help us improve or heal our most important relationships,” said Lifeline Family Center President and Founder Kathy Miller. “His message is sure to resonate with all who desire to communicate love in family relationships.”
Lifeline Family Center provides a home in Cape Coral for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies to help them become self-supporting through education, job training, parenting classes, professional counseling and spiritual guidance. It is the only residential program in Lee County for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies who are not part of the foster care program.
Lifeline Family Center can serve up to 12 young women, ages 16 to 25, and up to 24 babies at a time in the residential program. More than 6,000 women have received assistance with material needs, such as diapers and formula, adoption counseling and resource referrals through Lifeline’s Outreach Program and the 24/7 helpline, 239-772-HOPE. Lifeline’s Outreach provides free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds by appointment, and does outreach to all areas of Lee County, including community centers and college campuses.
Katherina Ortiz, who graduated from the two-year residential program and now works at Lifeline in Outreach and Public Relations, also will speak at the benefit dinner on how her experience at Lifeline Family Center made a difference in her life and those of her children.
Dr. Chapman has expanded his “5 Love Languages” series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books, including “The Family You’ve Always Wanted,” “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,” “Desperate Marriages,” “God Speaks Your Love Language,” “How to Really Love Your Adult Child,” and “One More Try.” With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored “When Sorry Isn’t Enough,” which introduces readers to “The 5 Languages of Apology.”
Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, “A Love Language Minute,” and a Saturday morning program, “Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman,” both airing on more than 400 stations.
Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and live in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he is senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
About Lifeline Family Center
Founded in 1996 in Cape Coral, Lifeline Family Center provides young women in crisis pregnancies a safe home and environment. Residents receive education, job training, professional counseling, life skills classes including parenting, character, budgeting, and cooking classes, along with spiritual guidance. Lifeline’s two-year residential program is dedicated to encouraging and renewing hearts from within, truly empowering transformation by love. Equipped and empowered, young moms and their babies can break the cycle of trauma, abuse and poverty, and become self-supporting and positive giving members of society.
Lifeline Family Center does not solicit, accept or receive any government funding and is wholly dependent upon donations from generous individuals, churches and corporations that believe in Lifeline’s mission. Lifeline is grateful and proud to be a United Way Partner agency and member of The Cape Coral Community Foundation’s Non-Profit Partners Program. For more information about Lifeline Family Center, visit www.lifelinefamilycenter.org/event/benefit-dinner/