The Lutheran Family Services 22nd annual Innkeeper Dinner attracted a boisterous crowd on Tuesday night at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Guests perused silent auction items dressed in tandem with this year’s theme: “Seeds of Good Deeds,” with many dressed in farm outfits and carrying pitchforks.

President and CEO Jim Barclay gave a rousing speech about how far LFS has come and expects to grow in the coming years. He touched upon the sobering statistics of Syrian refugees and the complexity of the process for any refugee group in the United States right now. LFS opens its doors and services to an incredible array of people who need assistance, and Natalia Renee Parker gave a heartfelt speech that underscored the importance of adoption and providing loving homes for children. She and her family opened their hearts to six adopted kids along with their own two.

Auctioneer Darrell Neu provided some tongue in cheek humor in squeaking out some extra dollars in the live auction. “You’ll never see a Wells Fargo truck following a hearse,” he said in urging guests to open their pocketbooks.

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains literally provides life-saving services to those in need. Special areas of assistance include adoption and pregnancy counseling, older adult & caregiver services, foster care, prevention services, refugee & asylee programs and disaster response.