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Council for Life has a lot to be thankful for this year as the organization celebrated the 20th Annual Celebrating Life Luncheon on Wednesday, November 17, at the Omni Hotel downtown. The hotel’s Dallas Ballroom was overflowing with a sold-out crowd of 1,300 people coming together to CELEBRATE LIFE and the faithful support CFL has received over the last 20 years. Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many, Council for Life's 20th annual Celebrating Life Luncheon raised a record-breaking amount for 20 organizations that assist North Texans facing unplanned pregnancies. 

Brilliant and world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was a highlight for attendees, along with a moving performance by multi-award winning Christian music artist Matthew West. Dr. Carson thanked Council for Life for the organization’s interest in the most important thing in humanity - Life. He reminded the packed ballroom that “abortion is the most barbaric thing imaginable” and quoting Proverbs 24:10, noted that we have a grave responsibility “when human beings are being slated for death.” Dr. Carson stressed that we must be courageous and willing to stand up for what we believe to be the nation of “morality, faith and decency'' that has historically characterized our country’s strength. 

Matthew West began his performance with his hit "Unplanned" reminding attendees that every single heartbeat is a child of God. He challenged the room to be "the people who stay with those who are broken, who are hurting and who are contemplating whether or not they should choose Life."

Longtime Council for Life supporters Shannon Graham and Billye Turner served as the 2021 Luncheon Co-Chairs. Ann and David Carruth and Lisa and Kenny Troutt served as Honorary Chairs in recognition of their deep commitment to philanthropic and community efforts promoting the sanctity of life.

The Luncheon featured a special video highlighting the life-affirming work of three Council for Life beneficiaries: Thrive Women's Clinic, Viola's House and YoungLives, a ministry of Young Life. The video may be viewed here. 

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $10 million to fund more than 55 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Council for Life’s 2021 President, Lee Ann Morris, shares, “Council for Life is grateful to our Luncheon underwriters, patrons and guests for helping us surpass our goal and making the funding of our exemplary beneficiaries possible.”

Proceeds from this year’s Luncheon will benefit 20 agencies including: Abel Speaks, Bella House, Birth Choice of Dallas, Bridges Safehouse, Buckner Children and Family Services, ChristianWorks for Children, Hope Women’s Center, In My Shoes, Just Say Yes- Youth Equipped to Succeed, Mid Cities Women’s Clinic, Pregnancy Help 4 U, Pregnancy Lifeline,  Pregnancy Resource Center of Rockwall and Mesquite, Prestonwood Pregnancy Center,  Real Options, Students for Life of America, Thrive Women’s Clinic, Viola’s House, Vitae Foundation, and YoungLives, a ministry of Young Life. 

About Council for Life

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion, CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. Learn more at councilforlife.org.

 

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2021 Celebrating Life Luncheon Co-Chairs Billye Turner and Shannon Graham, Patron Party Chair Mary Louise Binning and 2021-22 CFL Board President Lee Anne Morris

DALLAS: Council for Life held its annual Patron Party on October 27 at the beautiful home of Terry and Bob Rowling. The night honored Council for Life’s donors, board members and beneficiaries.

“Our annual Patron Party is a time to celebrate Council for Life’s initiatives with our faithful supporters. CFL raises awareness in the Dallas community about the Sanctity of preborn Life,” said Lee Anne Morris, President of the Council for Life Board. “Our Patrons’ generous donations help us support DFW agencies that live out our mission to empower vulnerable women and men to choose Life for their unborn babies through Christ-like love and responsive compassion.”

Council for Life’s next event is the 20th Annual Celebrating Life Luncheon which will take place November 17, with an 11 a.m. Reception and 12 p.m. Luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel. World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and multi-award winning Christian music songwriter/artist Matthew West will serve as this year’s keynote speaker and musical guest. 

Although the Celebrating Life Luncheon is sold out, guests hoping to attend may email Amanda Pickering at amanda.s.pickering@gmail.com to be placed on a waitlist.

The public can also enter to win the two raffle prizes that CFL is offering at the Luncheon.  Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Luncheon.  The prizes are

1) An antique platinum cross necklace embellished with one carat of diamonds and .25 carats of emeralds valued at $9,000 generously donated by William Noble Rare Jewels

2) A $5,000 Highland Park Village Shopping Experience (includes two hours with a Highland Park Village Personal Shopper) generously donated by Highland Park Village

Enter to win here:https://bit.ly/21CFLRaffle. Raffle winners need not be present at the Luncheon to win.

Please visit  https://councilforlife.org/luncheon for more information

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DALLAS, TEXAS: Council for Life’s inaugural Swing for Life Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 22, at the Maridoe Golf Course in Carrollton was a resounding success! Rated as one of the best and toughest private golf clubs in Texas, Maridoe is North Texas’ newest championship golf facility. After pivoting to a rescheduled date due to an unusually rainy May, a sold-out group of 86 players enjoyed an exclusive day of sunshine, blue skies and ideal temps and course conditions. Plenty of fun and fellowship was part of the experience as well! 

Because of the enthusiastic, generous support of Swing for Life sponsors and players, CFL exceeded its fundraising goal for the event. Top sponsors included the Stan Graff Family/Graff Chevrolet, Huffines Auto Dealership, Melissa and Mike Allen and Nicole and Tom Bohannon. Auction items included a stay at a beautiful, elegant villa in Cabo San Lucas donated by Joan and Steve Smith and Rangers Tickets donated by Superior Landscapes/Ray Harvey. Jeff White’s  donation of Chick-fil-A for a year was a huge hit. 

Swing for Life concluded with a delicious dinner, presentation of player awards and a compelling talk by Pastor David Shivers of Prestonwood Baptist about the importance of standing for life. An added gift that evening was the presence of agency representatives of Council for Life’s 2021 Beneficiaries who were able to mingle and visit with participants to share about their missions and life-affirming work.

CFL looks forward to making the Swing for Life Golf Tournament an annual event!

About Council for Life 

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. CFL is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. 

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $9 million to fund a multitude of nonprofit agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These agencies and their invaluable services include pregnancy resource centers, adoption and foster care, maternity homes, youth mentoring, parenting and life skills education, counseling, sexual risk avoidance and targeted media campaigns to reach women in unplanned pregnancies. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org.

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DALLAS: Council for Life will celebrate their 20th year anniversary with not one, but two featured speakers for its annual Celebrating Life Luncheon on November 17, 2021, at the Omni Dallas Hotel— world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and multi-award winning Christian music songwriter/artist Matthew West. 

World-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson feels that each of the 15,000 surgeries he has performed is as important as the well-publicized ones. Among many firsts, Dr. Carson performed the first successful placement of a shunt to relieve hydrocephalus of a baby that was still in the mother’s womb and accomplished the first completely successful separation of conjoined twins. He holds more than 70 honorary doctorate degrees, the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, their highest honor for outstanding achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dr. Carson served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Under his leadership, HUD implemented the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative, helping youth who are aging out of foster care to succeed. Currently, he serves as President and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute (ACI), which emphasizes common sense solutions to improve the lives of all Americans by promoting liberty and justice. 

Matthew West is a five-time Grammy nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, and a 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year recipient. He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and was named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. He has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name. Matthew has written two songs honoring the unborn. "Untold" is from the unborn baby's perspective, and "Unplanned,” the title track of the movie Unplanned, is from the perspective of a parent hearing the heartbeat or seeing the sonogram of their unborn baby for the first time.  

Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s Luncheon are Ann and David Carruth and Lisa and Kenny Troutt. Ann and Lisa were part of the visionary group of 11 women who founded Council for Life in 2001 and have remained active in their leadership and support of the organization ever since. The Carruths and the Troutts are dedicated to philanthropic and community efforts that promote the sanctity of life, faith, liberty, and American values.

Council for Life Board members and community leaders Shannon Graham and Billye Turner are the dynamic team serving as the Luncheon Co-Chairs. Graham and Turner are unwavering in their devotion to being tireless, bold advocates for life in their extensive charitable endeavors.

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $9 million to fund a multitude of nonprofit agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These agencies and their invaluable services include pregnancy resource centers, adoption and foster care, maternity homes, youth mentoring, parenting and life skills education, post-abortion counseling, sexual risk avoidance and targeted media campaigns to reach women in unplanned pregnancies. 

Proceeds from the Celebrating Life Luncheon will benefit 20 organizations on the “front line” actively furthering Council for Life’s mission to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. For more information, including underwriting opportunities and table sales, please visit  https://councilforlife.org/luncheon .

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Baby Essentials, Grocery Gift Cards & Other Items Needed!
 
Please join us for the Council for Life Service Project benefiting our OUTSTANDING 2021 Celebrating Life Luncheon Beneficiaries! 20 IN OUR 20TH YEAR!
See our full list of beneficiaries here: https://councilforlife.org/2021beneficiaries 
 
Our life-affirming beneficiaries provide vital resources to the most vulnerable in our community.
The compassionate care and material assistance they extend to families and mothers and their babies is a LIFELINE.
 
PLEASE HELP OUR BENEFICIARIES HELP THOSE THEY SERVE BY DONATING MUCH NEEDED BABY ESSENTIALS, GIFT CARDS & OTHER ITEMS!
 
You may EITHER:
 
1. Purchase Wish List items on this AMAZON GIFT REGISTRY (NOTE: Don't forget to use smile.amazon.com to shop! Choose Council for Life as the charity to receive a donation from Amazon for each purchase. Thank you!): http://bit.ly/21CFLAmazonWishList
 
OR 
 
2. Deliver Wish List items at our CURBSIDE DROP-OFF ON SATURDAY, JUNE 5, from 9 AM to Noon (NOTE: Walmart and Target Gift Cards are not available through Amazon and are a much needed item.) CLICK HERE FOR CURBSIDE DROP-OFF & SPECIAL DELIVERY WISH LISThttp://bit.ly/2021CurbsideDropOffWishList
 
CURBSIDE DROP-OFF LOCATION:
5960 Berkshire Lane in Preston Center, Dallas, TX 75225. Heading west on Berkshire Lane off of Douglas Avenue, take a left at the second driveway and go up the ramp to enter the surface parking area. Pull up your car to the friendly CFL volunteers who will help unload your items. 
 
DATE
Saturday, June 5, 2021
TIME: 
9 AM to Noon
 
Email councilforlife@councilforlife.org to request CFL Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate for in-store purchases.
 
Community Service Hours Available for Teens!
 
Questions? Contact CFL & Young Leaders Service Project Chairs: 
 

About Council for Life 

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. CFL is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org

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2021 Run for Life Honorary Chairs, The Cathy and Tony Sisk Family: Amanda Sisk Pickering and son Trace Pickering, Ashton Sisk and Tony & Cathy Sisk

(Dallas, TX): Council for Life hosted their 12th Annual Run for Life 5K at the Continental Bridge in Trinity Groves on the chilly morning of Saturday, April 17. This was a very exciting and special Run as Council for Life is celebrating their 20th Year Anniversary in 2021. Thanks to generous donors and supporters, the family friendly event raised much needed funds for four outstanding beneficiaries:Christian Homes & Family Services, ChristianWorks for Children/AdoptionWorks, Embrace Waiting Childrenand Lifeline Children's Services. These agencies are committed to ensuring that vulnerable children, from babies to teens, find a forever loving home. Many families touched by adoption and foster care participated in the Run, including Honorary Run Chairs, The Cathy and Tony Sisk Family. Chaired by Young Leaders for Life Michelle Dodds and Emily Vanderstraaten, the event drew close to 250 women, men and youth from the Dallas metroplex, many of whom were pushing babies in strollers or had their dogs in tow. “We are proud to support an event that celebrates the joys and miracles of adoption and foster care,” said Dodds. “Yes, and we are equally excited to be a part of the younger generation advocating that every life is precious,” said Vanderstraaten

Underwriters for the Run included Amy and Malone Mitchell, Betsy, Cary and Grace Newman, Lisa and Kenny Troutt  and Mimi and Bill Vanderstraaten and Family. Treats and winning prizes were provided by local vendors Bird Bakery, Central Market, Drip Coffee, The Gem and Luke's Locker. DJ Steve with Dallas Event Audio provided tunes that had all ages dancing after they crossed the finish line. 

About Council for Life 

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. CFL is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org

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2021 Run for Life Co-Chair Michelle Dodds, 2021 Run for Life Underwriter Grace Newman, 2021 Run for Life Co-Chair Emily Vanderstraaten

(DALLAS,TX): On the drizzly and chilly evening of April 15, 2021, Council for Life hosted the Run for Life 5K Kickoff Party at Saint Rocco’s in Trinity Groves. This invitation only event featured a cocktail reception and program highlighting CFL’s four 2021 Run for Life Beneficiaries doing tremendous work for adoption and foster care in DFW: Christian Homes & Family Services, Christian Works for Children / AdoptionWorks, Embrace Waiting Children and Lifeline Children’s Services. As part of the festivities, CFL honored all Run for Life Sponsors and Honorary Chairs, The Cathy and Tony Sisk Family, while 150 attendees danced to live music from the MalFUNKtions overlooking breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline and Run racecourse.

Longtime Council for Life supporters and 2021 Run for Life Kickoff Party Co-Chairs, Rosalyn Brown and Mary Grace Cardenas, planned and executed the fun-filled evening with excellence. “We are so happy to be together with our Council for Life family once again and celebrate everyone who makes our Run possible,” said Brown. “The weather did not diminish the energy and excitement during the party,” added Cardenas. “Now, we are ready to Run for Life!” 

About Council for Life 

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirmingchoices. CFL is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providingfinancial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org

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(Dallas, TX): Council for Life (CFL) is pleased to present the 12th Annual 5K Run for Life, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the Continental Bridge in Trinity Groves. This is an extra special year as CFL is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! The family friendly event celebrates and raises awareness about the joys and miracles of adoption and foster care. Run proceeds will benefit Christian Homes & Family Services, ChristianWorks for Children/AdoptionWorks, Embrace Waiting Children, and Lifeline Children’s Services. These four local organizations are committed to helping every child, from babies to teens, find hope and healing through family foster care, reunification with relatives or the blessing of adoption. Longtime supporters of Council for Life, adoptive parents and avid runners, The Cathy and Tony Sisk Family are serving as Honorary Chairs for the Run. 2021 Council for Life President Lee Anne Morris says “We encourage everyone to walk, run, push your child in a stroller, and even bring your dog, while enjoying the beautiful Dallas skyline and helping the cause of adoption and foster care!”“This family event is the perfect way to spend your morning with great food, music and fun, and we are proud to host a day celebrating strong families built by adoption and foster care!” states 2021 Run for Life Co-Chairs and Young Leaders for Life Michelle Dodds and Emily Vanderstraaten. 

Sponsorship donations can be made online now at councilforlife.org/run-for-life. All sponsors will be honored at CFL’s Run Kickoff Party on the evening of Thursday, April 15, at Saint Rocco’s in Trinity Groves with a cocktail reception and program featuring the four Run Beneficiaries, live music from the MalFUNKtions and breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline and Run racecourse.

Register yourself or your team at councilforlife.org/run-for-life. Pre-registration fee of $35 per person includes t-shirt, timing chip and post-event refreshments. The cost is $40 after April 10. Packet pick-up is on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16 at Luke's Locker, Mockingbird Lane. Any student, child, or adoptive or foster care family member or birth parent will receive a discounted registration fee.Adopted and fostered children may participate free of charge! Can’t make the Run? Sign up as a virtual runner and run from wherever you are!

Race Day Schedule

8:00 a.m. Onsite Registration/Packet Pick-Up 

9:00 a.m. ?5K Run/Walk

About Council for Life

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. CFL is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org. For more information about Run for Life, please contact Michelle Dodds at michellecdodds@gmail.com or Emily Vanderstraaten emilyvanderstraaten@gmail.com

 

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Voddie1.png Dr. Voddie Baucham of Voddie Baucham Ministries

DALLAS: Council for Life hosted the first ever Virtual Pastors’ Coffee with Dr. Voddie Baucham of Voddie Baucham Ministries on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The goal of this event is to bring pastors and ministry leaders together from around the city to encourage, inspire and equip them to "Stand Together for Life" in their churches and communities. Tuning in via zoom, area pastors and many life-affirming organizations around DFW listened to Dr. Baucham share his message on The Theology of Life: A Biblical Worldview on Abortion. 

Reverend Phillip Jones of All Saints Dallas moderated the event as Voddie made the Bible clear and demonstrated the relevance of God’s word to the issue of Life and Abortion. Voddie did so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Beginning in the first Chapter of Genesis, Voddie took attendees on a journey throughout the Bible and shared pastoral tools to “fight the fight” of abortion from the pulpit: prayer, reconicilation, promoting the prolife message and educational events, such as the Virtual Pastors’ Coffee.

A few months ago we had a call with Voddie and he was kind of tough on us.” said 2021-22 Council for Life President Lee Ann Morris. “He made us face the fact that there are clergy who accept and even encourage abortion. That is why we must educate, celebrate and inspire all pastors to stand Together for Life.”

Voddie Baucham wears many hats as a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, international speaker, and church planter. He currently serves as Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Later in January, upon returning to Africa, Voddie became seriously ill. Please join Council for Life in praying for his recovery.

Thanks to the dedication of Pastors' Coffee Chairs Claudia Jones, Rivers Teske, and Linda Vandercook, the virtual coffee was a huge success, imparting to attendees an impactful, encouraging message about being effective advocates for Life for the flocks to which they are entrusted. 

About Council for Life

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion, CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org

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Lee Anne Morris, Council for Life 2021/22 President, Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International President, Leeanne Jamieson, Executive Director of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, Becky Scasta, Nurse Manager of FirstLook Sexual Health and Pregnancy Center.

DALLAS: Council for Life’s annual Life Lessons Box Lunch educational event looked a little different this year. However, the Covid-19 pandemic did not prevent attendees from learning about the lifesaving rescue available from abortion pill reversal. Close to 100 people safely socially distanced in person at Northwest Bible Church on Monday, January 25, 2021, while over 100 attendees joined via YouTube livestream during Council for Life’s hybrid event.

The event featured three expert panelists who discussed the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) available to the many women who take the chemical abortion pill and then have immediate regret. Nearly 40% of all abortions are done by abortion pills. These women want desperately to save their baby, but have limited precious hours to find help. Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International, shared about Heartbeat’s Abortion Pill Reversal Network (abortionpillreversal.com) that operates a worldwide 24/7 helpline through OptionLine to connect women to a local medical professional to actively start them on the APR protocol. Statistics show that more than 2,000 lives have been saved (and counting) through APR. Leanne Jamieson, Executive Director of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, and Becky Scasta, Nurse Manager of FirstLook Sexual Health and Pregnancy Center, spoke from the perspective of pregnancy resource centers providing the lifesaving APR regimen.

Attendees also heard from OB-GYN Dr. William Lile describing the use of progesterone in the treatment to reverse the effects of the progesterone-blocking first mifepristone abortion pill and a brave, young teen mother, a Prestonwood Pregnancy Center client, who experienced APR  and now is blessed with a beautiful baby girl. 

“Each of our program participants contributed in distinct, meaningful ways that came together in such a beautiful, divine message that only our Creator could have orchestrated.” stated Lee Anne MorrisCouncil for Life’s 2021-2022 President. 2021 Life Lessons Box Lunch Chair, Betsy Willis, agreed saying, “They are helping women not only save the life of their baby but save their own lives from tragic regret...they are all superheroes!” 

About Council for Life

Council For Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion, CFL is committed to raising awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and to providing financial support to agencies that share their mission. CFL is celebrating 20 Years of Life this year. Learn more at councilforlife.org.