Annual Banquet

Banquet Information:

Join us for our first ever UN-Banquet! 

Due to the constant changing of our world, as well as updated state and local mandates regarding COVID19, we have made the ultimate decision to hold our Arise! 2020 Annual Banquet virtually. You still get all the same great information from us about Care Net SoMD and a special keynote message from Melissa Ohden (survivor of a failed saline abortion), but all from the comfort of your home. Please watch this video for more details.

If you are a table host, we still need your help in inviting friends (new and old) to get involved. This information will be coming to you soon – stay tuned!

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We’re are pleased to announce that our 2020  Annual Benefit Dinner Keynote Speaker will be Melissa Ohden. 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.

The 2019 Annual Benefit Dinner was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall in Hollywood, MD. Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Alveda King and there were over 700 in attendance.

If you are looking for more information about Dr. King, please visit her website:

Thank you to everyone who attended, prayed for and gave of their time and/or finances during this year’s banquet.  It is because of you that we are able to share the gospel and see lives changed in our community.  If you would like to make a contribution toward the work of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland, please click here to donate.

A few pictures from the 2019 Precious in His Sight Banquet:

Special thanks to Doreen McKean Photography.