Many helped AIM banquet

To the editor:

AIM Women’s Center held its annual fundraising banquet March 18 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center. The banquet featured Rebecca Kiessling, an adoptee, family law attorney, wife, mother of five and pro-life activist who shared the journey God walked with her after she discovered she was conceived in rape. Her story was a testimony of the magnificence of all life.

Thanks to Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton for our invocation; the Rev. Philip Makari, pastor of Starkdale Church for our benediction; and Sharon Maedke, AIM director, and Ginna Dombrowski, nurse manager, for updates and patient testimonies.

Helping to underwrite our banquet were title sponsor Christian Fellowship Foundation; two anonymous donors; Dr. Jeffrey Starre; Dr. John Balzano and family; Sherrin and Associates CPA, Christopher Wright; Wendt Touring Inc.; Trinity E.C.H.O. Fund; St. Agnes CWC; McBane Insurance and Financial Services; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rankin; Franciscan University of Steubenville; DiGregory’s Greenhouse; Ridgefield Group Inc.; Nelson Fine Arts and Gifts; Irvin Insurance Co.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adams; Catholics United for the Faith; Community of God’s Love; Lynette Hawrot, LPCC; Holy Family Catholic Church; Stephen and Shannon Hughes; Dr. Mark and Ana Kissinger; Mosti Funeral Home; Colonial Baptist Church; Trinity Health System; St. Paul Center; in Memory of Ed and Eileen Davis; Dr. and Mrs. Eric Balzano; Diocese of Steubenville; Tracy and Amy McManamon of One Source Benefits; Midwest Land Services; Franciscan friars, TOR of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; Rev. Dr. Clint and Ann Quillen; Mr. and Mrs. Jody Glaub; Appalachian Capital Management LTD.; Krupp Plumbing LLC; HyperDo Media; in memory of Herman and Mary Campbell and Marion Rogers; Wayne Beigel; Hertz/Thrifty Car Rental; and Hindman Family Cos.

Special thanks to Nino Karas and Dorothy Zatezalo of the Serbian Center; Lou Contumelio of Aardvark Productions; Kathleen McCann; Lou and Kathy DiGregory of DiGregory’s Greenhouse; Mark and Gretchen Nelson of Nelson Fine Arts and Gifts; Theresa Westling and the staff at Catholics United for the Faith; SuperMail; Gus’ Goodies; General Rental; Weirton Rent-A-Center; and Terry O’Neil Photography for offering their services at a reduced rate or free.

Thanks to the volunteers and staff at AIM Women’s Center and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats: Dr. Jeffrey Starre, medical director; Sharon Maedke, director; Ginna Dombrowski, nurse manager; Sherry Conrad, financial secretary; nurses Nellie Kuebler and Stephanie McGee; Terri Janosco; Noreen DeFord; Barbara Materniak; Beatriz McNamara; Fran Antol; Sue Balhatchet; Marianne O’Donnell; Elaine Gregor; Sister Maria Pio Wiggins, TOR; the Rev. Jim Morman, TOR; and Lynette Hawrot.

Thanks to the board of directors: Jeff Rankin, president; Shannon Minch-Hughes, vice president; Tammy Zinno, secretary; the Rev. Clint Quillen; Kurt Gotta; Joy Irvin; Mark Nelson and Christopher Wendt.

The money raised allows AIM to continue providing free pregnancy tests, obstetrical ultrasounds, material assistance, free prenatal vitamins and nutrition instruction, Rachel’s Vineyard retreats and a bridges program that enables women to earn as they learn. Thanks to everyone who has chosen to be part of the AIM ministry. The money you give is used every day to bless others.

Victoria Fallon

Community Outreach


AIM Women’s Center