By Clarion Herald Staff
New Orleans and Louisiana Right to Life will celebrate their 50th anniversary of defending life at the Proudly Pro-Life Gala Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an after-party with the Peyton Falgoust Band.
The Louisiana and New Orleans Right to Life were founded in 1970 – three years before the legalization of abortion in America.
The guest speaker for the 2020 gala is actor/producer and adoption advocate Kirk Cameron, who starred as Mike Seaver in the sitcom “Growing Pains,” which aired from 1985-92. He has since appeared in and produced numerous television events and movies. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, whom he met on the set of “Growing Pains,” have six children, four of whom are adopted. Kirk and Chelsea, who is adopted herself, are passionate pro-life and adoption advocates.
“I am excited to come to New Orleans to help celebrate Louisiana Right to Life’s 50th anniversary,” Cameron said. “As adoptive parents, your mission and innovative methods move me and my wife, Chelsea, deeply. Thank you for what you are doing to promote the beauty of adoption and life in Louisiana and beyond!”
The gala also annually honors a pro-life advocates. The 2020 honoree is U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
Scalise served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996-2008 and briefly in the Louisiana Senate. Since being elected in 2008 to represent the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, Scalise has been a vocal leader for the pro-life cause. After becoming the Majority Whip in 2014, he orchestrated the passage of many pro-life bills through the House of Representatives. Recently, Scalise passionately led the effort to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in Congress, according to ProlifeLouisiana.org.
For ticket information, visit prolifelouisiana.org or call 835-6520.