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Dinner set to raise funds for Prodigal Sons & Daughters
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Prodigal Sons and Daughters provides addiction recovery services in Turlock, along with after-school help.

Prodigal Sons & Daughters has served as a faith-based addiction recovery ministry in Turlock since the late 1990s, providing services to adults and youth free of charge. This weekend, the nonprofit organization will host its largest fundraiser of the year and is asking the community for support in order to continue helping those facing addiction struggles.

The second annual Angels at Work fundraiser dinner is set to take place Saturday and will generate much-needed funds for PSD’s youth and adult programs, as well as its activity center. In 2019, the organization has provided educational services, such as its women’s depression and art therapy courses, Bible study programs and life skills classes, as well as youth drug prevention and educational courses to 2,986 adults and 825 children.

“We fill the gap for those who cannot receive help due to financial burdens or lack the resources by using every donated penny for the use of healing others,” PSD communications marketing assistant Kris Loera said. “This is why a nonprofit is essential to us and our community.”

Through methods likes one-on-one counseling, group meetings, drug education and more, the ministry’s recovery treatment revolves around faith and helps countless individuals in their journey to sobriety. Without funding, the services PSD provides would not be possible — making Saturday’s event all the more important.

Local businesses like Save Mart Supermarkets and Sanders Meat Service have joined forces to create the dinner for the fundraiser, which will feature a menu of twice baked potatoes, butter-sautéed green beans, barbecued tri tip, salad and a one-of-a-kind dessert auction. A raffle and silent auction will also take place, featuring prizes from FUNWORKS!, Gilroy Gardens, Balswick’s Tire and Auto Service, Get Air Turlock and more.

Last year, the inaugural Angels at Work dinner raised $23,000. PSD is hoping to double that number with this year’s event, Loera said, with a goal of $50,000.

“Seeing the donations come in and the support we have from our community, donors and sponsors keeps us motivated to continue our work with transforming lives and changing generations. They also show us how blessed we are,” Loera said.

The event’s keynote speaker is Judi Hedstrom, who has been an integral piece of PSD since its humble beginnings in a living room, eventually serving as PSD’s Board of Executive Directors from 2012 to 2015. She was originally seeking support for her son, Zac Frampton, who was struggling with addiction himself.

“We anticipate her to speak about the history of Prodigal, how it has continued to grow and why our ministry exists, as well as remind the community that there is hope for those struggling with addiction — family or individuals,” Loera said.

Frampton will also be a special guest at the dinner and will share his story via video. He was ultimately successful in his struggles with addiction and also served as Executive Director for PSD in the past.

The second annual Angels at Work dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at PSD, 352 E. Olive Ave., or online at Sponsorships and reserved tables are available for purchase as well. For more information, contact Loera at 209-634-3538.