2022 Honoree: Senator Katrina Jackson
2022 Speakers: Alex & Stephen Kendrick
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Our 2022 Proudly Pro-Life Gala, Presented by Kurt and Susan Crosby, will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. We missed seeing you at our 2021 Gala, but we were so grateful for the outpouring of support we received for our virtual event at WLAE. We look forward to coming back together in 2022 and celebrating life and the gift of adoption at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans!
Since 1970, Louisiana and New Orleans Right to Life have worked through education, legislation, activism, and service to restore the right to life in Louisiana by opposing abortion, euthanasia, and other life destroying actions. Our statewide efforts have results in generations of lives saved and Louisiana becoming the most pro-life state in America. With your help, we have consistently educated and built up the culture of life, empowering young people with the truth about life issues.
Our 2022 Proudly Pro-Life Honoree will be State Senator Katrina Jackson, a courageous leader for life in Louisiana and throughout the U.S.
Our keynote speakers with be brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, creators of many award-winning Christian films, including Fireproof, Overcomer, War Room, and Courageous. At the Proudly Pro-Life Gala, they will be sharing a special sneak peek of their next film. Based on an inspiring real-life Louisiana adoption story, the movie takes you on an amazing journey of adoption and the value of every life.
Please Note: The Gala must follow all state and local COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event. Currently, this means that you must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Please call us with more questions at 504-835-6520 for more information.
Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), is the 2022 Proudly Pro-Life Award recipient. Senator Jackson is a strong pro-life advocate both in the State Capitol and around the United States and has worked closely with Louisiana Right to Life for many years.
Before being elected to the Senate, she was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2012-20. During her time in the House she fought side by side with Louisiana Right to Life on several bills, including the 2014 Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which passed both Houses overwhelmingly but was tied up in federal court before finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019. The Court ruled against the constitutionality of the Louisiana law in 2020. Jackson was author of that bill.
In 2019 then Rep. Jackson authored another bill that would become the Love Life Constitutional Amendment, which was put on the Louisiana ballot in 2020. This amendment to the Louisiana Constitution received more votes than any candidate or ballot measure in Louisiana history, and Sen. Jackson was a huge part of its success. Not only did she author the bill and see that it was placed on the ballot, she promoted it throughout the state prior to the election.
The Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen, are award-winning American filmmakers of movies such as Fireproof, Overcomer, War Room, and Courageous. Alex and Stephen are followers of Jesus Christ who are pro-life and have a passion to tell stories of hope and redemption. At the Proudly Pro-Life Gala, they will be sharing a special sneak peek of their next film. Based on an inspiring real-life Louisiana adoption story, the movie takes you on an amazing journey of adoption and the value of every life.
Alex, a writer and director, is a co-writer for the screenplays and books, and he’s the director and editor for Kendrick Brothers’ films. Alex has spoken to churches, universities, conferences, and businesses all across America and in other countries. He has been featured on FOX News, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and CBS Evening News and in Time Magazine and many other media outlets. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and attended seminary before being ordained into ministry.
Alex and his wife, Christina, live in Albany, Ga., with their six children. They are active members of Sherwood Church in Albany.
Stephen, a writer and producer, is a co-writer for the screenplays and books and the producer for Kendrick Brothers’ films. Stephen has spoken to churches, conferences, and seminars around the nation, and has been interviewed by FOX and Friends, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Washington Post, and other media outlets. He is a co-founder and board member of the Fatherhood Commission. He graduated from Kennesaw State University and attended seminary before being ordained into ministry.
Stephen and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Ga., with their six children. They are active members of Sherwood Church in Albany.
Peggy Scott Laborde, senior producer with WYES-TV, will serve as emcee for the Gala. Laborde is an Emmy award-winning producer and the host/producer of Steppin’ Out, New Orleans’ only weekly arts and entertainment discussion program, now in its 35th season on WYES-TV (PBS affiliate) in New Orleans. She is a charter board member of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival and served as its president for a total of 14 years. She is also the co-author of five books and has produced more than 30 documentaries focusing on the food, culture and more recent history of New Orleans.
2022 Proudly Pro-Life Gala Chair Couple: Kurt and Susan Crosby
Committee members include Kathleen Benfield, TJ Burgess, Benjamin Clapper, Jerry Christopher, Jr, Kurt and Susan Crosby, Sandy Cunningham, Anne Dardis, Jeff & Leigh Director, Arthur Dupré, Carlton Guillot, Mike & Dana Hammer, Kathleen Harrison, Colleen Ingraffia, Peg Kenny, Judy Legett Martin, Karen McGoey, Judy Quinilty, Sharon Rodi, Isabel Schneller, Angie Thomas, and Theresa Truxillo.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Kurt and Susan Crosby
DEFENDER OF LIFE PATRONS: Joe and Sue Ellen Canizaro; The Hammer Family; Whitman Family Foundation
LOVER OF LIFE PATRONS: Gayle Benson; J. Edgar Monroe Foundation; Phyllis Taylor
FRIEND OF LIFE PATRONS: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D.; Community Center for Life Westbank Pregnancy Center; Roy and Gail Daigle; Louisiana State Council Knights of Columbus; U.S. Sen. John Kennedy; Attorney General Jeff Landry; Bob and Judy Legett Martin; Shawn and Kenta Paretti; Anthony Pastor; The Edward L. Rispone Family Foundation; Greg and Paige Roussel; St. Elizabeth Foundation; Bob and Norris Williams; Kenneth and Cathleen Wood
ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR: Al and Liz Copeland
AV SCREEN SPONSOR: The Ruth Institute
LIFE PATRONS: Rod and Linda Abele; Drs. Louis and Lauren Barfield; John and Deborah Blancher; Catholic Charities Pregnancy Services; Jerry and Babs Christopher; Bob and Lynn Clapper; Dan and Celie Clark; Robert and Lauren Clark; Rev. Gary Copping; Dr. Joe and Kay Crapanzano; Jack and Anne Dardis; Democrats for Life of America Education Fund; Don and Marge Garvey; Giving Hope; Dr. James and Mrs. Kathleen Godchaux; Davonté Glenn Cortes Jeanmarie; Jack and Cindy Jensen; John Paul Lorio Family; Patrick and Laura Mansfield; Northshore Senators Sharon Hewitt and Beth Mizell and Representatives Mary DuBuisson, Larry Frieman, Richard Nelson, and Malinda White; Pearls of Wisdom; Jim and Stacy Pellerin; Mark and Sharon Rodi; Stan and Judy Salathe; St. Angela Merici Church; St. Catherine of Siena Church; St. Clement of Rome Church; St. Francis Xavier Church; St. Piux X Church; St. Tammany Right to Life; Gordon and Ann Stevens; Team Tangie, Inc Realtors; Southshore Senator Kirk Talbot and Representatives Stephanie Hilferty, John Illg, Polly Thomas, and Debbie Villio; Earl and Carolyn Weiser; Weimer Congemi Foundation; George and Ida Zimmer
BAR SPONSOR: Ralph and Patricia Cox; Richard and Anna Lea; Shannon Simons, DDS
INDIVIDUAL PATRONS: Brian and Virginia Almon; Barataria Dental; Mary Jane Becker; Glenn and Kathleen Benfield; Phil and NooNee Brooks; Ralph and Linda Capitelli; Rev. Robert Cavalier; Climate Solutions Air Conditioning and Heating, LLC; St. Tammany Parish President Mike and Catherine Cooper; Stan and Isabel Cowley; The Burt A. Daigle Family; Kristin Fary; Louis and Brenda Frey; Carlton and Carlys Guillot; Dr. Kim and Bonnie Hardey; Jim Hebert and Jo-Ann Testa-Hebert; Dr. Michael and Patricia Helm; Colleen Ingraffia; Thomas and Constance Kitchen; John and Ann Koerner; O.J. and Sandy LaCour; Willie Marque; King and Karen McGoey; Pat McIntyre; Alma McNamara; Sen. Barry Milligan; Tom and Margaret Murphy; Jane H. Nalty; Michael and Kelley Olinde; Bob and Judy Quinilty; Peter and Marilyn Quirk; Eddie and Patty Rice; Elaine Ridgley; Kevin and Marie Russ; Anthony and Isabel Schneller; Joaquin and Lauren Shepherd; Lloyd and Jan Tate; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Toomy; Robert and Maria Winn; Woman’s New Life Clinic; State Representative Mark Wright; Bill and Dottie Zimmermann
Lifesaver Patron: $25,000
Champion of Life Patron: $15,000
Defender of Life Patron: $10,000
Lover of Life Patron: $5,000
Friend of Life Patron: $2,500
Life Patron: $1,500
Individual Patron Supporter: $250
Patron Party Sponsor: $12,500
Clergy/Pastor Sponsor: $6,000
Bar Sponsor SOLD OUT!