Spread the Love event raises over $32,000 for Adoption Awareness and Education Outreach Programs

More than 275 attendees and hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors made this possible
CALGARY, January 18, 2016

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Adoption Options’ 7th annual Spread the Love fundraiser took place one again at Theatre Calgary where a record number of guests were treated to a sneak-peak performance of the family musical The Little Prince prior to its Opening Night. Known for the past 6 years as the most entertaining fundraiser of the year, Spread the Love was a night of reconnecting with our extended Adoption Options’ “family”, celebrating adoption, and raising awareness and much needed funding for adoption outreach. We are thrilled to announce that over $32,000 was raised thanks to our generous guests and sponsors!

This year’s Spread the Love event featured TC’s The Little Prince, along with an incredible silent auction, games, and gourmet fare prepared by Roma Catering. A highlight of the evening was the unveiling of Adoption Options’ new birthmother video: Unplanned Pregnancy: The Power of Open Adoption.  Four birthmothers shared their very personal journeys of facing an unplanned pregnancy in this impactful video. Their important message has the potential to dispel misconceptions and negativity that surrounds the word “adoption” in our community as the video link is now being spread throughout the social media world. You can view it here at www.adoptionoptions.com/unplanned-pregnancy - then share it to increase awareness of The Power of Open Adoption.

The annual event brought together members of our staff from Edmonton and Calgary, adoptive families, birthmothers and birth families, family and friends, and guests from the caring professions. “It’s humbling that after three decades, the dedication and support for the work that we do continues to grow,” said Sheryl Proulx, Adoption Options’ Executive Director. “We are thrilled that through all this celebration, funds raised will benefit those facing an unplanned pregnancy as we are able to raise awareness of the option of open adoption in our community that is currently quite misinformed and unaware.”

Thank you again to everyone who made this possible: family, friends, guests, volunteers, donors, and our sponsors: Theatre Calgary, Morrison Homes, Fox Financial, Baywest Homes, Whitecap Resources and the Alexander Family.