2020 Celebration of Life Banquet a Delight
A midsummer night’s dream with so many subplots (!) — a masked happening with security detail — a time to mark 50 years of pro-life activism with Derby Pie and other delectables — it was all that! Plus (!) the chance to meet wonderful pro-life legislators, see Daniel Cameron’s beautiful fiancée, win exotic trips and exciting prizes, and get together with the sidewalk counselors, the winners of the KRLA Essay Contest, those who run the crisis pregnancy centers, and the army that leads and protects Right to Life of Louisville — the board members, volunteers, long-time supporters, youth for life, religious community and families. Whew!
Pulling the banquet together this year was “different” but Chairwoman Dawn Heuglin and her committee did it once again, even with virus fears nipping away at the RSVPs. A very special slideshow was produced by Schu Montgomery to commemorate 50 years of Walks, Banquets, Activism and so many memories.
A good description of how the nonprofit has flourished over the years under the leadership of Margie Montgomery was published in a Courier-Journal OpEd on Tuesday, July14, penned by Atty. Bob Heleringer.
At the Banquet, Margie received a special commendation from the Kentucky House of Representatives “for fifty years of meritorious service to her fellow man as an outspoken advocate, gifted strategist, and respected leader.” The entire Citation of Appreciation appears at right.
It was presented by Rep. Joe Fischer, D-68, who received the Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award for his pro-life advocacy work in the Kentucky House. He has helped to shape and pass virtually every piece of pro-life legislation enacted by the General Assembly during the past 20+ years.
The Schuhmann A. Montgomery, Sr., Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Marie Curran, an outstanding Meade-Breckinridge Co. pro-life volunteer for MANY years. She has been a top fundraiser for the KRLA Walk for Life.
The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky Award went to Ellen Wichmann for her devoted service at Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center.
As well, a special tribute was extended to John Graham, our retired Office Manager who served RTL for 25 years. See all these winners in the slideshow! Congratulations to all!
On top of everything, the Vice President of the United States sent his letter of commendation!
The banquet goers particularly enjoyed hearing Attorney General Daniel Cameron. He received a standing ovation and many cheers and thank you’s from the audience in recognition of his work for pro-life legislation and for standing for the rule of law in the state.
The educational portion of the evening was an exciting speech by Indiana RTL CEO Mike Fichter. He described how the Civil War Antietam battle was won because the enemy’s battle plans were discovered. This victory was large enough to give Lincoln leeway to announce the Emancipation Proclamation, so we should take heart, because we know the war plan of Planned Parenthood.
Their war chest is sizable since the NW district merged with the Indiana-Kentucky district in 2019. This vastly increased their budget devoted to decimate our heartland pro-life stronghold.
Planned Parenthood’s “Care for All” plan has three goals:
- Expand regional access and virtual access through telemedicine.
- Partner with coalitions and advocates to ensure a network of states where abortion will still be legal whatever SCOTUS may rule.
- Work to destigmatize abortion in the media and in the popular culture “including working with the music, fashion, movie and television industries”… and with content creators (etc).
We have seen their progress in these strategies, but God is on our side.