Why is our annual banquet important?
Each year, Associates’ premiere event is our annual fundraising banquet. It has been our privilege to have wonderful speakers from many walks of life share their connection and commitment to mental health and Christian counseling. The success of this event ensures that we can continue providing professional assistance to the members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay full, partial, or no fees for the services they receive. Proceeds from the banquet will help support the operations of Associates in Christian Counseling and our top-level professional counselors throughout the year.
2020 Guest Speaker – Candace Payne
Candace Payne is an author, speaker and viral sensation whose video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date (176+ million views on Facebook Live and 300+ million views collectively). She shares her message of joy and laughter through media appearances and a robust speaking schedule that includes conferences, corporations, women’s groups, churches, festivals and organizations around the country. Candace is the author of two books: Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy and Simple Joys: Discover Wonder in the Every Day and a small group curriculum: Defiant Joy: What Happens When You’re Full of It. She lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and ornery pugs.