Life Is Beautiful Gala

Presented By WomenSource
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About the Life Is Beautiful Gala

Event Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Location: Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North, Minneapolis, MN 55428

Event Start Time: 6:00 PM


About WomenSource



We are a pregnancy resource center established in 2008 to serve women & families in the Northwest Metro community. We restore to hope to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer FREE pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, educational resources, compassionate counseling, material assistance and referrals for resources like health insurance, financial assistance and more.
How do we make a difference in the lives of our clients and in turn, families and our community?


ENCOURAGE: We encourage clients to tell us their story. What are they thinking about a pregnancy (not their boyfriend or parent)? What do they need to make the best decision for themselves and their baby? We listen compassionately to learn how we can best support them.
EMPOWER: We empower through programs such as our Step Forward client incentive program. Through Step Forward, clients earn points by taking classes on labor & delivery, breast feeding, child development, budgeting, healthy relationships & more. The points earned are redeemed for items like diapers, formula, clothing, strollers & much more. Our client’s investment in Step Forward empowers them with the knowledge & confidence that they have the courage & ability to persevere; the knowledge that they have the strength to do what it takes to build full and rewarding lives – for themselves and their children.
EMBRACE: We embrace our clients on their journey, through pregnancy and beyond. We’re with them every step of the way and show them they are not alone. Our client, Sasha (name changed to protect privacy), came to us after binge drinking up until the day before her scheduled abortion. She was using street drugs & smoking heavily until she found out she was pregnant. The father of her baby was abusive & tempting her with drugs pressuring her to abort her baby. Through professional therapy, a referral to WIC for general assistance, and commitment to our Step Forward classes, Sasha went from scared and uncertain to confident and determined. With her earned points, she ‘purchased’ a pack n play, high chair, stroller, baby gates, mountains of diapers, clothing & more. She broke off the toxic relationship with her boyfriend, got her own apartment, passed her GED, began college courses and has remained drug-free. She is a proud and devoted mother to her son, who will be one year old in July. She still visits and stays in touch. Sasha did all the hard work, we simply empowered her and reminded her she was capable of doing it.
Sasha says: “WomenSource helped me face my first pregnancy with courage and love. They helped me with my goals in school and therapy and are just very genuine and supportive. I love coming to WomenSource, it’s like catching up with the girlfriends! Thank you for everything!”
Your support helps Sasha and clients like her. Together, we can help change just one life, and in turn change the lives of generations to come. Thank you!

Meet Our Gala Speaker: Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden recoloredWe are pleased to welcome nationally renowned speaker, Melissa Ohden, to our Gala celebration!
Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Australian Parliament. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for the Vitae Foundation, a national organization which uses media to advance a culture of life.
In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 209 survivors.
Melissa has been featured on television and radio programs including: The 700 Club, EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Defending Life, Fox News, Focus on the Family, American Family Radio, the Mike Huckabee show, and the Teresa Tomeo show. Her life and ministry is featured in the award winning pro-life documentary, A Voice for Life.
After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. It’s evidence of the intergenerational impact of abortion on all of our lives. More importantly, it’s a testament to the beauty of grace in our lives, the power of love, and the transformational power of forgiveness.
Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.

How To Bid

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This event is proud to use Mobile Bidding for their silent auction. Bidding is easier than ever. Once you have checked in you will receive a welcome text message with a link. Simply tap on the link to load your confirmation page.

Place bids in seconds.

Quickly enter the item number you wish to bid on and we’ll take you right to it; showing you all the details you need to make your next bid. You can also browse by category, No-Bid items and Buy Now items. You can even make a donation. NOTE: This screen is always available by pressing the house icon just under the official time.

On the item detail page you can see the current winning bid, winning bidder, Buy Now option (if available) and bidding increment. Simply type in the max amount you are willing to pay and press “Place Bid”. We will confirm your bid and set you as the current winner. The system will continue to bid on your behalf up to your maximum value. We call it Max Bidding.

What if I am outbid?!

We keep track of your bids for you and once you have been outbid we’ll immediately send a text message to your phone and show you an on-screen alert. You can easily jump back into your account and make sure you don’t miss out.

Watch your bids like a pro with My Bids.

You won’t miss a beat with your “My Bids” page which shows you items you are winning, watching and losing. We keep this page focused on the items you’re interested in so you don’t get distracted and lose an item.


If you ever need help you can locate a bidding assistant to remove a bid, lookup items, or bid on your behalf. We’ve got your back!