In ‘Celebration of Womanhood,’ auction, open house benefit Hope Pregnancy Care Center

ST. GEORGE – St. George Massage is hosting a “Celebration of Womanhood” fundraiser for the benefit of Hope Pregnancy Care Center. The massage venue’s silent auction is ongoing now on St. George Massage Facebook with the final phase of the auction held Aug. 17, from 12–4 p.m. It includes low to moderate ticket items from local restaurants, salons, boutiques, golf, car service, and more.

Founded in 2005, Hope Pregnancy Care Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help women in Southern Utah who are facing a crisis or unplanned pregnancy. Their confidential pregnancy and parenting support services include comprehensive education programs, free pregnancy tests and peer counseling to women in crisis pregnancy situations.

St. George Massage will also introduce its art gallery, themed “Feminine Archetypes around the World and Through the Ages,” at the Aug. 17 open house. Featured artists include Pamala Bird – bas relief sculptures, and Loro Vincent – pottery. Bird said her artwork gives “Contemporary Expressions of Ancient Images” with a focus on exploring “Concepts of the Divine Feminine” and women’s roles in ancient art and history.

“The study and creation of these artworks has been empowering for me and helped me to value who I am, and my feminine qualities of nurturing, as well as to honor the strength in it,” Bird said,

Other vendors engaged for St. George Massage’s “Celebration of Womanhood” open house include Natural Foods, doTerra-Diane Biasi, Arté Gallery & Framing, Quantum Vitality, Chinese Face Readings by Debi Barmonde.

Sales by featured gallery artists and vendors will be offered simultaneously with the auction; neither their products nor sales proceeds are designated for the auction or fundraiser.

The afternoon will include the closing of the silent auction, an artist reception, reflexology treatments, refreshments, drawings, free chair massages and prenatal massage demonstrations, as well as alternative health booths.

Photos are of the bas relief artwork of Pamala Bird. These items are not for auction, but will be for sale at the Open House. 

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery. 

Event Details

  • What: “Celebration of Womanhood” benefit for the Hope Pregnancy Care Center
  • When: Aug. 17, 12-4 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Massage, 840 East Brigham Road, Suite 200, St George


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Updated 10:11 p.m. to include photos of Loro Vincent pottery.


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  • Michael Forrest August 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    As of now our silent auction has raised $945.00 benefiting Hope Pregnancy Care Center. Thank You St George! Come join the fun!

  • Betty August 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Chinese face readings? Really? Sounds a bit “New Age” to me. It seems to contradict what the mission statement of your organization seems to imply.

    I’m a bit disappointed that the leadership at Hope would participate in this type of business self-promotion just to make a couple of dollars. It has the appearance of a genuine fund raiser but look closely, its objective is to advertise a new art gallery.

    Maybe Hope should be practicing “abstinence” instead of laying down for anyone who offers a few dollars.

  • Karen Hanner August 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    We are delighted to be supporting this event with our donation of color copy services and free conference room time to the silent auction. I just received an update and I understand that the proceeds from the online portion of the silent auction alone have already reached more than $ 950 – all of which will go to the Hope Pregnancy Center without deduction of administrative or event support.

  • Michael Forrest August 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Actually Chinese Face Readings are thousands of years old and far from “New Age”. Here is what Dr. Oz’s Web page says about them:
    Could your face reveal the secrets to what’s going on inside your body? For thousands of years, Chinese healers have been reading faces to detect and diagnose all kinds of diseases. Facial skin is sensitive and can reflect internal changes faster than other parts of the body. Learn how you can use this ancient practice to uncover clues about your health…..
    We are proud to be apart of this community and Celebrate Hope Pregnancy Care Center’s role in our own town. In the past year alone we have been involved in doing Chair Massages for the Dove Center residents on Mother Day, We have donated to Utah Public Radio, We have participated in “Love Utah, Give Utah”, We have also donated to Habitat for Humanity and are planning to “DONATE” our time next month at their anniversary event, if that sounds like self promotion, then guilty as charged and we challenge other local businesses to just as guilty.
    We are also proud to promote (oops is that a dirty word) the wonderful art of “local” artist Pamala Bird. Each of her pieces represent 100’s of hours of detailed effort, work, and talent. Her price tags on her art means she is probably getting less than minimum wage if she sells one. So we are blessed to have her beauty and creativity around us for the short time we exhibit it.
    This is our first fundraiser and our first Art exhibit, and we our overwhelmed at this communities response. Because of our efforts a few more businesses and people have become aware of Hope’s role in our community. So instead of being a critic, role up your sleeves and help out a neighbor.

    • Betty August 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Call it what you want but its simply a ploy (ruse, method, subterfuge or strategy) to promote your business and NOT to support a cause. And yes, I do “role up my sleeves” and volunteer with many charities but I choose to do it to support them and not for selfish gain or to increase awareness of my business.

      I was simply expressing my disappointment about the “charitable contribution” Hope is willing to accept. Charity is given when nothing in return is expected or needed. Clearly, that is not the case here. Your focus, Sir, appears to promote your business and the artists who sell their wares. Hope Pregnancy Care Center is simply your poster child to attract new business.

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