Cherish Center encourages youth to make 'No Apologies’

Thursday, January 11, 2018
No Apologies #thestruggleisreal will include music by Bonray (above), as well as illusionist and comedian Joshua Jordan (below) and speaker Jon Pausley. (Photos submited)

Encouraging youth to choose purity is again the focus of Cherish Center’s annual event, No Apologies. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Clay County Fair and Events Center for students in sixth to 12th grade.

A great night is in store with musical band Bonray, illusionist and comedian Joshua Jordan and speaker Jon Pausley. The night’s theme is #thestruggleisreal. Choosing purity in relationships is difficult. Even if the desire to remain pure is there the struggle is still very real. No Apologies exist to encourage students to choose purity in their relationships.

Bonray is an up and coming band. Their single “Turn My Eyes” is gaining attention in the Christian music industry. Bonray will be playing from when the doors open at 6 p.m., for those who arrive early, and then on into the event. Joshua Jordan will be providing comedy and magic with his signature style of humor and fun. Cherish Center Executive Director Jon Pausley will be speaking to the students on the topic of “Purity #thestruggleisreal.”

This is the Cherish Center’s 16th year of hosting the No Apologies event. No Apologies serves as a prevention program for the Cherish House. The Cherish House is a maternity home for young women facing unplanned pregnancies that is a service of the Cherish Center.

No Apologies is bringing back parent and youth leader training to Wednesday night. Michael Gewecke, co-founder of The Smart Church Project, will be equipping parents to navigate the waters of purity in the digital world. The training will happen from 6:30-7:30 p.m. during the entertainment portion of No Apologies.

No Apologies started in the party room of Pizza Ranch in Spirit Lake in 2002. The location was moved to the Okoboji High School gym through 2007. When the gym grew too small it moved to the Clay County Regional Events Center in 2008.

Jon Pausley

The Cherish Center partners with area youth pastors in making this event possible. Cherish Center is known for its work with pregnant teens, young parents and families.

The No Apologies website is Also available is the No Apologies Facebook page.

To reach Cherish Center, call 712-338-3333 or go to

No Apologies

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Doors open and music at 6 p.m.

Program runs from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Live venue: Clay County Fair and Events Center Arena

Satellite video locations: Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids and First Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

Livestream: Option to watch the event at home or church through the No Apologies website.

Cost: $10 per person at live location and $5 per person at satellite locations

Registration: Online at Registration is also available at the door the night of the event in all locations.

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