Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Visalia Community Church held its annual fundraiser dinner Feb. 9. This year’s dinner had an Italian theme. Upon entering, a free photo booth was hosted by Broken Chains, a national Christian biker association of members who are in recovery. The dinner consisted of spaghetti, salad and bread. There were VIP tables and general admission tables, dessert, silent and live auctions, worship time led by Praymore, raffles and door prizes.

CR is a Christ-based 12-step recovery program for any hurt, habit or hang-up. CR is in all 50 states and many countries and translated in multiple languages.

CR was founded by John Baker in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where Rick Warren is the lead pastor.

The program has been changing lives every Friday night at Visalia Community Church for five years.

More than 200 people attended the event, including four CR state representatives and their spouses, and also Point of Contacts for Broken Chains. This event was a huge success and took many volunteers to make happen. Each volunteer who worked on this fundraiser has been through the 12 steps at Celebrate Recovery and believes in giving back in service through the 12th step.

Many local businesses donated items for the event, including Javi’s Tacos, Ryan’s Place, Pita Kabob, Los Arbolitos, St. Anthony Retreat, Tahoe Joe’s, Roller Towne, Quantum Leap and more.

For more information about Celebrate Recovery at Visalia Community Church or to make a donation, contact Kilo Cerda, ministry leader, at (559) 723-4777 or by email at cr@vccoc.org