2021 Proudly Pro-Life Gala

January 16, 2021
7 PM
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA

The annual Proudly Pro-Life Gala will be held Jan. 16, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans. The gala has evolved from the Proudly Pro-Life Dinner; this will be the 22nd annual event. Please make plans now to join us on this night!

2021 Proudly Pro-Life Honoree
and Guest Speaker
Benjamin Watson

Louisiana and New Orleans Right to Life are proud to honor Super Bowl XXXIX champion, former New Orleans Saint and outspoken advocate for life Benjamin Watson with the 2021 Proudly Pro-Life Award for his pro-life leadership and dedication throughout his 16-year pro-football career.

A first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots out of the University of Georgia, Watson, a tight end, was an offensive force during his career, with 547 receptions (44 touchdowns) for more than 6,000 yards with the Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints. He played in New Orleans from 2013-2015 and again in 2018.

One of Watson’s greatest passions in life is to protect the lives of the most defenseless. As one of the most outspoken pro-life voices in media, he and his wife, Kirsten, personally devote their time and money to assist pregnancy resource centers. Watson has also addressed the March for Life, which takes place every year in Washington, D.C., and joined Louisiana Right to Life officials at the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2020 for oral arguments in the case June Medical Services v. Russo.

He has also done many things to help the New Orleans community specifically, including purchasing an ultrasound machine for the Baptist Community Health Center in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

This year, Watson will star in Divided Hearts of America, a moving pro-life film that is being produced by himself alongside many notable pro-life advocates such as Dr. Alveda King, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and Abby Johnson, author of Unplanned.

Watson’s uncanny ability to objectively address controversial topics like abortion in such an eloquent manner has placed him on major TV networks, including ABC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, to share his opinions. He has also spoken on current events at schools, churches, and conferences across the country.

Benjamin and Kirsten’s foundation, One More, is dedicated to impacting the lives of those in need by providing enrichment opportunities and promoting education through charitable initiatives and partnerships.

Benjamin and Kirsten are the parents of seven children.

Gala Committee

Chair Couple Mike and Dana Hammer

Mike and Dana Hammer are proud to once again serve as the Chair Couple for the Proudly Pro-Life Gala. Mike and Dana have sponsored monthly pro-life luncheons for leaders in the New Orleans pro-life cause for years, and Dana founded the Advertise for Life Initiative at Louisiana Right to Life.  Mike is the Principal of Pontchartrain Capital LLC, an investment banking group.

Committee members include Kathleen Benfield, Christopher Chin, Jerry Christopher, Benjamin Clapper, Sandy Cunningham, Anne Dardis, Arthur Dupré, Sheri Derbes, Carlton Guillot, Kathleen Harrison, Colleen Ingraffia, Peg Kenny, Lauren Lagarde, Judy Legett Martin, Karen McGoey, Stacy Pellerin, Judy Quinilty, Sharon Rodi, Alexandra Seghers, Angie Thomas, Theresa Truxillo, Robert Winn, and Micki Wypyszinski.


Hotel and Parking

Hyatt Regency
Downtown New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

  • Parking: Discounted valet parking of $18 per vehicle will be available at the Hyatt Regency, and other garages and on-street parking are available close by.
  • Hotel Rooms: TBA

Patron Levels and Individual Tickets

Lifesaver Patron: $25,000 (Includes 3 tables of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • Table signage
  • Acknowledgement on website
  • 30 reservations
  • Special recognition in The Luminary newsletter
  • Free valet parking
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson 

Champion of Life Patron: $15,000 (Includes 2 tables of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • Table signage
  • Acknowledgement on website
  • 20 reservations
  • Special recognition in The Luminary newsletter
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson 

Defender of Life Patron: $10,000 (Includes 2 tables of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • Table signage
  • Acknowledgement on website
  • 20 reservations
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson

Lover of Life Patron: $5,000 (Includes 1 table of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • Table signage
  • Acknowledgement on website
  • 10 reservations
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson

Friend of Life Patron: $2,500 (Includes 1 table of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • Table signage
  • 10 reservations

Life Patron: $1,500 (Includes 1 table of 10)

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for you and your guests
  • Listing in the invitation and program
  • 10 reservations

Individual Patron Reservation: $250

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life Patron Party, dinner and after-party for 1 person
  • Listing in the invitation and program

Individual Reservation: $150 each

  • Includes Proudly Pro-Life dinner and after-party for 1 person

Underwriting Opportunities

Presenting Sponsorship: $50,000

  • Includes name or business name as Presenting Sponsor in all event listings
  • Includes 1 table of 10
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson

Patron Party Sponsor: $12,500

  • Includes prominent name or business recognition at patron party cocktail hour, including name/logo on napkins
  • Includes 1 table of 10
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson

Clergy / Pastor Sponsor: $6,000

  • Includes 4 reservations for the donor and includes reservations for 2 tables of 10 for clergy/pastors/seminarians to be determined by Louisiana Right to Life
  • VIP pre-party with Benjamin Watson

Bar Sponsor (3 Available): $1,000

  • Includes prominent name or business recognition at one of the bars, including name/logo on special event cups

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