We are pleased to announce the seventh-annual Bowties for Babies: A Southern Style Soiree Benefiting Life will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge.
This reception-style event will feature live music from the Big Easy Jazz Band, delicious food, a silent auction, presentation of the 2019 Leadership for Life Award, and more, all benefiting Louisiana Right to Life’s Advertise for Life project.
Patron levels start at $250 and include tickets to the event. Individual and couple tickets are also available, starting at $75.
Through their leadership at Bethany Church, three generations of pastors – Roy, Larry, and Jonathan Stockstill – and their wives, Ruth, Melanie, and Angie, have been at the forefront of pro-life outreach for more than four decades.
Brother Roy, who founded Bethany Church in Baker in 1963, was first touched by the call to pro-life work. Together with Pastor Larry, they were instrumental in launching many of the pro-life ministries and outreaches in the Greater Baton Rouge area and beyond, including maternity homes, pregnancy centers, and the Heartbeat of Louisiana Memorials. Pastor Jonathan, since assuming leadership at Bethany, has continued this legacy of life through his proactive support of many local pro-life outreaches and his own advocacy.
“Pastors Roy, Larry, and Jonathon Stockstill have given us the model of a pro-life shepherd and church, and Louisiana Right to Life is honored to recognize them with our coveted 2019 Leadership for Life Award,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director, Louisiana Right to Life.
The Leadership for Life Award will be presented to Larry and Jonathan Stockstill at Bowties for Babies: A Southern Soiree for Life, set for May 9 at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Roy Stockstill, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 97, will also be honored during the event.
Bowties for Babies co-chairs Rick and Cindy Edmonds issued the following statement on the 2019 honorees:
“Each year the pro-life community has the opportunity to salute those who have and continue to make a dramatic contribution to the celebration of life. Those who fight for life. Those who sacrifice for the cause. Those who lead others to support and join one of the most critical causes our nation has ever faced.
“When I think of such a person, this year it turns into a family: The Stockstills.
“The Stockstill family has led and built a mega-church in the Baton Rouge region, as well as building and supporting church plants around the world. And, while doing this, they have been one of the most consistent voices for our pro-life values that this state has ever seen.
“Larry and Melanie Stockstill, and now Jonathan and Angie Stockstill, are amazing people. Each year for several decades they have stood strongly and loudly for life. Pastor Larry led Bethany World Prayer Center for years and then turned over the mantle of Bethany Church to Pastor Jonathan. The transition for the church has been seamless.
“What stands as amazing is the passion and vision both men and their wives have for life! Each year, Bethany Church is a lead giver, promoter, and voice for the pro-life community. The volunteer effort, the financial support, and the consistent prayer intensity from Bethany is second to none.
“We, here in Louisiana, are so blessed to be able to enjoy and be motivated by their lifestyle and commitment to life. The downward turn in abortions in our state is a direct result of the leadership of the Stockstill family and many here in Louisiana who have joined and followed their leadership.”
Life Saver: Regnum Christi
Champion of Life: Mike and Dana Hammer
Sustainer of Life: Anonymous, The Edward L. Rispone Family Foundation, Casey and Jill Fruge
Advocate of Life: Pat and Dr. Cecelia Cuntz, The St. Elizabeth Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Clapper, Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods of Opelousas, Cajun Industries LLC, Greg and Dr. Rachel Beyer, Louis and Lauren Barfield, Mele Printing
Supporter of Life: Robert and Lauren Clark, Emeril’s Restaurant, Judge Hunter and Emily Greene, John E. Koerner III, Michael and Kelley Olinde
Friend of Life: Mark and Leigh Hermann, Jensen Young, Patrick and Patricia Ryan, Randy P. Angelle, Sam and Arline Mistretta, State Rep. Frank and Susan Hoffmann, Richard and Anna Lea, Christopher B. Edwards Attorney at Law, G. Allen Kirkpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gossen Sr., Knights of Columbus Plaquemine Council No. 970, State Rep. Johnny and Paula Berthelot, Terrebonne-Lafourche Right to Life, Charles and Clelie Carpenter, Mike and Lisa Albano, David and Kim Lukinovich, Mark and Sharon Rodi, Sen. Beth Mizell
Chair couple: State Rep. Rick and Cindy Edmonds
Host Committee: Mike and Lisa Albano, Brannon and Stephanna Alberty, Dr. Charles and Mary Aycock, Drs. Louis and Lauren Barfield, Beau and Lindsey Bennett, Travis and Summer Broussard, Charles and Clelie Carpenter, Dan and Celie Clark, Ryan and Monica Cooney, Charlie and Ellen Davis, Warren and Alison Dazzio, Pete and Carol Dazzio, Jeff and Bridget Dunbar, Dr. Jimmy and Kathleen Godchaux, Phillip and Donna Gordy, Chuck and Michelle Gorney, Mike and Dana Hammer, John and Elaine Hauler, Barry Mele, John and Emily Nickelson, Michael and Kelly Olinde, Mark and Sharon Rodi, Scott and Ashton Smith, Charles and Barbara Thomas, Hays and Gay Town, Dr. Ted and Dana Veillon, Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, Bill and Elizabeth Watkins, Vic and Joy Weston, Kate Whitehead, Vince and Rhonda Whittington, Bob and Maria Winn, Jensen Young, and Luke and Katie Zumo.
The Leadership for Life Award was first given in 2016 during Bowties for Babies: A Southern Style Soiree Benefiting Life.
100 percent of the proceeds from Bowties for Babies go to Louisiana Right to Life’s Advertise for Life Project, aimed at reaching women in crisis pregnancies through several avenues, including targeted online advertising that connects them with one of the state’s pregnancy resource centers. Since its inception, the project has generated tens of thousands of unique clicks on the pregnancy help website and thousands of pregnancy help calls to the crisis pregnancy hotline.
Studies show that 95% of women who enter a pregnancy center choose life. Even with 30+ pregnancy centers across Louisiana, 25 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.