PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19:
We are pleased to announce the eighth annual Bowties for Babies: A Southern Style Soiree Benefiting Life will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge. The soiree is from 7-10 p.m., with a patron party at 6 p.m. This reception-style event will feature live music from the Big Easy Jazz Band, good food, a silent auction, presentation of the 2020 Leadership for Life Award, a live painting by Baton Rouge artist Maria Boudreaux and more, all benefiting Louisiana Right to Life’s Advertise for Life project. Alan and Lisa Robertson of the Duck Dynasty family will be the guest speakers.
In 2019, with your support and through a variety of advertising avenues, our ads were seen or heard more than 2.5 million times. We know of 27 babies who were saved from abortion through this project in 2019, and we have no doubt many more lives were saved as well. We also know many pregnant women found the help and support they needed from our state’s pregnancy resource centers thanks to your support! Remember, abortion has decreased by 21% in Louisiana since 2014. Together, we are saving lives!
Attire: Spring dresses / pants and tops for ladies; suits or sports coat for men. Bowties and hats welcome!
Patron levels start at $250 and include tickets to the event. Individual and couple tickets are also available, starting at $75. Click here to become a patron or purchase a ticket.
Louisiana Right to Life is proud to honor Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill with the 2020 Leadership for Life Award for her dedication to Louisiana women and unborn children and for her excellent defense of Louisiana’s 2014 Unsafe Abortion Protection Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Liz is Louisiana’s first Solicitor General, appointed in 2016 by Attorney General Jeff Landry. She has more than 25 years of experience working in diverse state and federal government legal environments and has experience handling complex litigation, state and federal appeals, and complex government transactions.
She most recently served as the Louisiana Department of Justice’s Director of Administration and, before that, Director of the Civil Division. She previously served former Governor Bobby Jindal as Executive Counsel and was Executive Counsel to the Commissioner of Administration. She was counsel for the Office of the Governor in the BP Oil Spill litigation and has served as a member and counsel to several state boards and commissions.
Liz was a U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellow in 2007-08 at the Federal Judicial Center and taught appellate advocacy and legal writing at the Louisiana State University Law Center for more than 10 years.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, law degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center where she was Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review, and Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola and Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Melvin Shortess.
The Leadership for Life Award was first given in 2016 during Bowties for Babies: A Southern Style Soiree Benefiting Life.
Once again this year, you’ll be able to register early and start bidding before the event on our online auction site. We are currently collecting auction items, and the auction site should be up and running a week prior to the event (we’ll post the link here).
Do you have something to donate to our silent auction? Will you contribute a gift item or basket, a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, tickets to a local concert or sporting event or even use of a vacation rental? Click here to find out how you can help!
Maria Boudreaux is a self-taught artist born and raised in southeast Louisiana. She started commercially painting murals, faux finishes and turning the ordinary into extraordinary. However, creating works of art on canvas has always been her first love.
All of Maria’s mix-media paintings are an indication of the talent of this artist who wants to share her skills with others. She has owned Fleur De Me Designs since 2004 and hosts sip and paint classes, summer art camps for grade school students, and team building events for area businesses. Her personality brings the artist out in everyone with her live painting events as onlookers join in the creation of a masterpiece. With a variety of textures and mediums used, her paintings capture the essence of southern gulf coast charm in a style as unique as Maria.
Maria’s painting will be raffled off. Tickets will be available at the event and online for those who are unable to attend. The drawing will be held TBA, and the winner will be notified.
Thank you to our early patrons!
Life Saver: Regnum Christi
Champion of Life: Jordan J. Bergeron
Sustainer of Life: Casey and Jill Fruge, St. Elizabeth Foundation
Advocate of Life: Anonymous, Cajun Industries, Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Clapper, Bob and Lauren Clark, Pat and Dr. Cecilia Cuntz, Don and Marge Garvey, Dr. James and Mrs. Kathleen Godchaux, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffmann, Mele Printing
Supporter of Life: Greg and Dr. Rachel Beyer, Judge Hunter and Emily Greene, Richard and Anna Lea, Dr. and Mrs. Tom Meek, Maria M. Miller, Michael and Kelley Olinde, Shawn and Kenta Paretti, Drs. Sean and Amie Shannon, St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus Council 3743
Friend of Life: Mike and Lisa Albano, Randy and Annette Angelle, G Cannata, Kenneth and Lisa Champagne, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dazzio, Dr. Aaron and Lauren De Witt, State Rep. Larry Frieman, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gossen Sr., Dr. Kim and Bonnie Hardey, State Rep. Valarie Hodges, State Sen. Ronnie Johns, Gerald and Terri Landry (State Farm Insurance), David and Kim Lukinovich, State Rep. Wayne McMahen, Sam and Arline Mistretta, State Sen. Beth Mizell, Plaquemine Council No. 970 Knights of Columbus, Mark and Sharon Rodi, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Ryan, State Rep. Mark and Kim Wright, Jensen Young, Luke and Katie Zumo
Auction Sponsor: Remnant Foundation
Host Committee: Mike and Lisa Albano, Dr. Charles and Mary Aycock, Drs. Louis and Lauren Barfield, Beau and Lindsey Bennett, Charles and Clelie Carpenter, Dylan and Kristin David, Charlie and Ellen Davis, Warren and Alison Dazzio, Pete and Carol Dazzio, Paul and Shelby Dietzel, Jeff and Bridget Dunbar, Richie and Holly Edmonds, Tony and Korie Giglio, Dr. Jimmy and Kathleen Godchaux, Phillip and Donna Gordy, Mike and Dana Hammer, John and Elaine Hauler, Barry Mele, Travis and Kelly Miglicco, Michael and Kelly Olinde, Scott and Ashton Smith, Hays and Gay Town, Dr. Ted and Dana Veillon, Vic and Joy Weston, Vince and Rhonda Whittington, Jensen Young, and Luke and Katie Zumo
100 percent of the proceeds from Bowties for Babies go to Louisiana Right to Life’s Advertise for Life project. The mission of the Advertise for Life project is to reach women considering abortion through a variety of compelling and youthful advertisements that will encourage them to choose life for themselves and their child. The ads, which vary from internet ads to billboards to radio spots and more, connect women, through a website and hotline number, with local pregnancy resource centers that can oer immediate assistance. The campaign operates the ADicultChoice.com website, the direct link to the pregnancy resource centers.
Studies show that 95% of women who enter a pregnancy center choose life. Even with 30+ pregnancy centers across Louisiana, 22 women a day still choose abortion. Advertise for Life wants to reach these abortion-minded women and connect them to pregnancy centers, where they can find the support and help they need. Visit: http://www.adifficultchoice.com for more information.