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CFLDinner1.jpg Benjamin Watson inspires attendees with humor and gentle grace to not lose heart and "never give up" in fighting to protect the lives of the most defenseless.

In lieu of their annual Celebrating Life Luncheon this Fall, Council for Life hosted a small dinner honoring their 2020 Honorary Chairs, Host Committee and Beneficiaries at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens on the evening of Wednesday, October 28. Council for Life welcomed NFL Super Bowl Champion, Pro-life Advocate and father of seven, Benjamin Watson, as the guest speaker for the event. Thanks to the generous financial support of so many, Council for Life was able to fully fund 19 life-affirming organizations that assist North Texans facing the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. 

With humor and gentle grace, Benjamin inspired attendees with his bold message and encouraged them to not lose heart and "never give up" in fighting to protect the lives of the most defenseless. He reinforced the importance to care not only for the unborn, but also their mothers, fathers and families.

Community leaders Lisa Luby Ryan and Shannon Graham served as the 2020 Celebrating Life Co-Chairs. Honorary Chairs were active philanthropists Lisa and Clay Cooley of Clay Cooley Auto Group. Council for Life Board Member Susan Blackburn served as Underwriting Chair. 

The dinner  featured a special video highlighting the life-affirming work of Council for Life and the agencies they support across the Metroplex. The video may be viewed here. 

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $9 million to fund over 50 nonprofit agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with the shared mission to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Council for Life’s 2020 President, Cathy Sisk, thanked supporters and stated, “Because you were faithful and answered the call, we are able to fully fund our 19 Beneficiaries that provide compassionate care to the most vulnerable in our community, the needs of whom have surged during Covid.”

The proceeds from this year’s Celebrating Life Dinner will benefit 19 local agencies including: Bella House, Birth Choice of Dallas, Catholic Pro-Life Community, Embrace Grace, Hope Women’s Center, Just Say Yes - Youth Equipped to Succeed, LiveSavers Foundation, Mercy House, Metroplex Women’s Clinic, Mid Cities Women’s Center, Pregnancy Help 4 U, Pregnancy Lifeline, Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie, Pregnancy Resource Center of Rockwall and Mesquite, Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, Thrive Women’s Clinic, Real Options Women Center, Women’s Choice Resource Center 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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DALLAS: After much prayerful consideration and with a saddened heart, Council for Life has made the decision to cancel their Fall Celebrating Life Luncheon. Instead of hosting a large gathering, they will hold a small outdoor dinner for Table Hosts or those who would like to be Hosts for the minimum contribution of $2,500. The dinner, which has been generously underwritten, will showcase Council for Life’s 2020 beneficiaries, thank their Honorary Luncheon  Chairs, Lisa and Clay Cooley, and provide guests with an inspiring message from pro-life advocate and Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson, who will be traveling to Dallas to be at the event. Raffle prizes include a chance to win a new car from Clay Cooley Auto Group and a diamond cross necklace from William Noble Rare Jewels. 

“Every year, we look forward to gathering with you at our annual Celebrating Life Luncheon to stand together for life,” said 2019-2020 President, Cathy Sisk. “This was not a decision made lightly, but rather one on which we weighed the thoughtful feedback of our supporters and beneficiaries. At the forefront of our decision was how to maximize the funds that Council for Life grants to our beneficiaries.”

Council for Life remains committed to raising funds for its 19 outstanding Luncheon beneficiaries whose needs are now greater than ever. CFL’s hope is that the community will be moved to generously provide their support, knowing that every dollar will go directly to these organizations on the “front line,” actively furthering Council for Life’s mission of empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. 

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised $8.29 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, residential maternity homes, youth mentoring, parenting and life skills education, sexual risk avoidance and targeted media campaigns to reach women in unplanned pregnancies. 

For more information on attending the dinner, to buy raffle tickets or to learn more about Council for Life, please visit councilforlife.org.

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DALLAS,TEXAS: Council for Life announces that the featured speaker for the 2020 Celebrating Life Luncheon will be Benjamin Watson, NFL New England Patriot, Super Bowl Champion and Pro-Life Advocate. 

At the age of 39, Benjamin Watson has accomplished the American Dream: He played 16 seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints and scored a championship ring in Super Bowl XXXIX. As a standout athlete in college, Benjamin excelled on the football field for both Duke University and the University of Georgia. It was no surprise that he was a first-round NFL draft selection and powerhouse in the NFL from that day forward.

But Watson's legacy goes well beyond his legendary speed and astounding athletic ability. As one of the most outspoken pro-life voices in media, Watson is passionate about protecting the lives of the most defenseless. He and his wife, Kirsten, have dedicated their time and resources to life-affirming agencies. This year, Watson is producing and starring in Divided Hearts of America, a moving film showcasing the beauty and dignity of every human life. He is partnering with notable pro-life advocates Alveda King, Ben Carson and Abby Johnson in the production of the film. Benjamin and Kirsten are the Founders of a nonprofit foundation, One More, dedicated to spreading the love and hope of Christ by meeting real needs, promoting education and providing enrichmenopportunities. They are the proud parents of seven children, the youngest of whom are their twin daughters born in April 2019.

Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s luncheon are Lisa and Clay Cooley, a power couple with deep roots in North Texas. Clay, a Dallas native, worked his way up through multiple, local car dealerships in the 1980s. With Lisa’s encouragement, he started the Clay Cooley Automotive Group in 1998, which now includes 13 dealerships employing nearly 1,300 people. The Cooleys have raised three children and are active philanthropists. They invest their time and resources to support dozens of nonprofit organizations, with a particular passion for organizations that positively impact children.

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

The 19th annual Celebrating Life Luncheon will be held on October 29, 2020 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. To protect the safety of guests, Council for Life will follow recommended social distancing and health guidelines and make any necessary seating adjustments. If, due to COVID-19, hosting a live Luncheon is not possible, an announcement will be made no later than October 13, 2020.

Council for Life has raised $8.29 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, residential maternity homes, youth mentoring, parenting and life skills education, sexual risk avoidance and targeted media campaigns to reach women in unplanned pregnancies.

Proceeds from the Celebrating Life Luncheon will benefit 19 organizations on the “front line,” actively furthering Council for Life’s mission to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. “It is a privilege and honor to work alongside our beneficiaries as we continue to change the conversation and the culture to value every life,” said Cathy Sisk, 2020 President of Council for Life.

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2019 Run for Life attendees

(Dallas, TX): Due to COVID-19, Council for Life’s 2020 Run for Life 5K benefiting adoption on Easter Weekend has been canceled. But, you can still support adoption by participating as a Virtual Runner or Sponsor. 100% of Run proceeds will benefit Buckner Children and Family Services, a local organization committed to helping every child find hope and healing through family foster care, reunification with kin or the blessing of adoption. 

 

FAQs about a VIRTUAL RUN:

 

  • SO JUST WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A VIRTUAL RUNNER? Whatever you want it to be! It could mean sleeping in, making pancakes with the family OR YOU CAN REALLY DO A VIRTUAL RUN! (NOTE: If you previously registered for the Run for Life before we went Virtual, you automatically qualify as a Virtual Runner and DO NOT need to Re-Register!) 

 

  • BUT HOW, WHEN & WHERE DO I VIRTUALLY RUN? You record your time, social distanced of course, and log your time on a link that CFL will provide all Run Registrants. You can do your Virtual Run anytime, anywhere between now and Easter Sunday, April 12!

 

  • CAN I BE A VIRTUAL RUNNER WITH A FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND OR PET? YES!! Virtually Running with family and friends, babies in strollers and/or your pets is highly encouraged and FUN! Form a Virtual Team if you like!

 

  • SHOULD I CAPTURE MY VIRTUAL RUN WITH PICTURES AND VIDEOS? YES!! Inspire others with why you are supporting the beautiful cause of Adoption (whether it be your personal story or whatever the reason!) by POSTING your pictures and videos on social media platforms and TAGGING @CouncilforLife, #VirtualRunforLife and #adoptionoption

 

  • WILL COUNCIL FOR LIFE AWARD PRIZES? YES!!CFL will award prizes for Best Virtual Run times per age group / gender as well as Best / Most Inspiring / Most Creative / Funniest Social Media picture and video posts.

 

  • WHERE CAN VIRTUAL RUNNERS PICK UP THEIR RUN FOR LIFE T-SHIRTS AND AWARDS? AT LUKE'S LOCKER when the Shelter in Place is lifted andwe are safe to return to business as usual. Exact pick-up date, time & details TBD.

 

  • WHAT ELSE CAN I BE DOING? Stay safe and care for those around you. Please pray for all those impacted in our community, nation and world. 

 

Registration fee of $35 per person includes t-shirt. Participants may register online at councilforlife.org

 

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. Learn more at councilforlife.org. For more information about Run for Life, please contact Cori Todd at corictodd@gmail.com  

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2020 Life Lessons Box Lunch Chair Rivers Teske, Dr. Ashley Hickman Zink, Kelly Crawford and Daniel Crawford of Abel Speaks.

DALLAS: Council for Life hosted their annual Life Lessons Box Lunch educational event on January 29, 2020, at the Museum of Biblical Art. Close to 300 people gathered to learn how to help parents choose LIFE and choose JOY in the face of loss when their unborn child has been given a life-limiting diagnosis. 

Daniel and Kelly Crawford, Founders of Abel Speaks, courageously shared their personal story of how rather than giving their son an abortion, they gave him a name. Abel Paul Crawford's life story continues to comfort and support families who have chosen to carry a child with a life-limiting diagnosis during pregnancy. 

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Ashley Hickman Zink spoke from the perspective of the medical community and shared from her experience interacting with these families on a regular basis. All three speakers pointed out that sometimes families given a dire diagnosis have babies born healthy with no abnormalities.

“We are so grateful that the Crawfords and Dr. Zink shared the importance of the dignity, worth and beauty of each and every human life,” stated Cathy Sisk,Council for Life’s 2020 President. Life Lessons Box Lunch Chair, Rivers Teske, agreed saying, “Who are we to judge what is perfect and what is not in such an imperfect world. We must support and love each human situation to its fullest.” 

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 atcouncilforlife.org.

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2020 Council for Life President Cathy Sisk, The Reverend Chris Wheel of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Mike Spencer, Council for Life Founder Emeritus Ann Carruth, The Right Reverend Philip Jones of All Saints Dallas, 2020 Pastors' Breakfast Co-chair Claudia Jones, 2020 Pastors' Breakfast Co-chair Lee Ann Morris.

DALLAS: Council for Life hosted the 5th annual Together for Life Pastors’ Breakfast on January 14, 2020, at the Belo Mansion for over 100 area pastors. 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. 

Keynote speaker Mike Spencer of Life Training Institute gave a powerful talk entitled “The Pastor and Abortion: Compassionate Shepherding in a Disposable Culture.” Mike reminded attendees that we are called as Shepherds of God to protect the unborn, and that "when the Shepherd goes silent, babies die." Mike equipped the audience in a straightforward way with essential tools and intellectual grounding to articulate the pro-life message on the issue of abortion. The Reverend Chris Wheel of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship provided the welcome and invocation. The Right Reverend Philip Jones of All Saints Dallas called guests to action to learn more about Council for Life’s mission and events. 

Thanks to the dedication of Pastors' Breakfast Chairs, Lee Anne Morris and Claudia Jones, the Breakfast was a huge success, imparting to attendees impactful, encouraging messages about being effective advocates for Life for the flocks to which they are entrusted.

"Council for Life is standing in the gap and bringing church leaders together to initiate conversations and embolden the Christian community to end abortion in our day. Mike Spencer shared truths every pastor needs to hear and see in order to lead those God has entrusted to our care." stated Pastor Bruce Kendrick, Director of Life Initiatives at Watermark Community Church.

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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(Dallas, TX): Council for Life is pleased to present the 11th Annual 5K Run for Life, Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the Continental Bridge in Trinity Groves. The family friendly event celebrates and raises awareness about the joys and miracles of adoption. Run proceeds will benefit Buckner Children and Family Services, a local organization committed to helping every child find hope and healing through family foster care, reunification with kin or the blessing of adoption. Longtime supporters of Council for Life, 2018 Run for Life Co-Chairs and adoptive parents, Klint and Natalie Guerry, are serving as Honorary Chairs for the Run. Avid runner,
adoptive parent and 2020 Council for Life President, Cathy Sisk, 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!” “This family event is the perfect way to celebrate Easter weekend with great food, music and the Easter Bunny, and we are proud to host a day celebrating strong families built by adoption!” states husband and wife Run for Life Co-Chairs and run enthusiasts, Cori and Patrick Todd.


Pre-registration fee of $35 per person includes t-shirt, timing chip and post-event refreshments. Packet pick-up is on Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, at Luke's Locker, Mockingbird Lane. In addition, any adopted walker/runner, birth parent of an adopted child or adoptive parent will receive a $10 discount at registration. Participants may register online at councilforlife.org.


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. Learn more at councilforlife.org. For more information about Run for Life, please contact Cori Todd at corictodd@gmail.com

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CFL21.jpg 2020 Men Stand For Life Co-Chair Bobby Lutz, Proper Lutz, Shawn Carney, 2020 Men Stand For Life Co-Chair Rebecca Lutz and Fletcher Lutz.

DALLAS: More than 370 businessmen and community leaders attended Council for Life’s “Men Stand for Life Breakfast” at the Dallas Country Club on Monday, February 24. The twelth annual breakfast featured a call to action to stand up for the truth surrounding abortion by Shawn Carney, international speaker, author and CEO, President and Founder of 40 Days for Life.

"When we decide that this is the defining moral issue of our time and for every generation until it ends, that’s when our world begins to change, that’s when our homes begin to change, that’s when our workplaces change and the little daily things that we do,” Shawn Carney boldly stated. “Because if we’re not standing up for life, heart and head, we simply can’t expect others to do it."  

Longtime Council for Life supporters Rebecca and Bobby Lutz co-chaired the event. “We are so proud to chair this event because it creates the dialogue that life is not just a women’s issue. Rebecca and I are proud to be part of an organization that educates the community to shift that perception,” said Bobby Lutz. “We are so pleased and grateful to hear from Shawn Carney and hope it inspires the men in our community to stand up for every life.”

Council for Life will host it’s 11th Annual Run for Life 5K on April 11, 2020, at the Continental Bridge in Trinity Groves. Run proceeds will go to Buckner Children and Family Services, a local organization that champions the miracle of adoption. The family and pet friendly event includes food, music, the Easter Bunny and more. Visit www.councilforlife.org  for more information and to register for the event.

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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CFL1.png 2019 Celebrating Life Luncheon Speaker, Songwriter and Singer, Nicole C. Mullen

DALLAS: The morning after several tornadoes ripped through our city, the sun shined brightly Monday, October 21, on the Omni Hotel downtown. The hotel’s Dallas Ballroom was overflowing with a sold out crowd of 1,100 people coming together to CELEBRATE LIFE. Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many, Council for Life's 18th annual Celebrating Life Luncheon raised a record breaking $1.25 million for organizations that assist North Texans facing unplanned pregnancies. 

Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove award-winning singer and songwriter Nicole C. Mullen moved the audience as she passionately and intimately shared her poignant personal story and how Life was threaded throughout. She shared her unapologetically pro-life position and reminded attendees of the value of every human life.

A woman of strong faith and an active advocate for life and adoption, Nicole explained the important role of fathers to rise up to the responsibility of caring for their unborn child. Her powerful words, interspersed with the celestial beauty of her singing, evoked palpable emotion from all in attendance and stirred them to a standing ovation in solidarity for life and God’s redeeming love.

Philanthropic and community leaders Lisa Luby Ryan and Jennie Gilchrist served as the 2019 Luncheon Co-Chairs. Honorary Chairs were Jackie and Steve Green (Hobby Lobby and Museum of the Bible) as well as Anne and Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries). Council for Life Board Member Shannon Graham served as Underwriting Chair. 

The luncheon featured a special video highlighting the life-affirming work of Council for Life and agencies they support across the Metroplex. The video may be viewed here. 

Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $8.27 million to fund more than 50 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Council for Life’s 2019 President, Cathy Sisk, 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.”

The proceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit 14 agencies including: Aim for Success (now part of Just Say YES), Birth Choice of Dallas, Bridges Safehouse, Catholic Pro-Life Community, ChristianWorks for Children, Fort Worth Pregnancy Center, Metroplex Women’s Center, Mid Cities Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Resource Center of Rockwall and Mesquite, Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, Thrive Women’s Clinic, White Rose Women’s Center, Women’s Choice Resource Center 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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DALLAS: Council for Life announces that the featured speaker for the 2019 Celebrating Life Luncheon will be Nicole C. Mullen, a Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove award-winning singer and songwriter. Council for Life Board members Jennie Gilchrist and Lisa Luby Ryan,  dedicated community leaders who champion countless ministries and organizations, will serve as the Luncheon Co-Chairs. Securing Nicole C. Mullen is a perfect fit for this year’s theme of Cultivating a Culture of Life. She will undoubtedly help us share our passion and mission,” says Gilchrist. “She brings sincerity, artistry and vulnerability to her music and speaking engagements worldwide, Ryan added. 

Honorary Co-Chairs for this years luncheon are long-time business and ministry leaders Jackie and Steve Green of Hobby Lobby and the Museum of the Bible and Anne and Norm Miller of Interstate Batteries. 

The 18th annual Celebrating Life Luncheon will be held on October 21, 2019 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  The expansive Dallas Ballroom can easily accommodate what promises to be Council for Lifes largest and most successful event to date.  

Council for Life has raised $7.65 million to fund a multitude of agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These agencies offer invaluable services, including pregnancy resources, adoption, maternity homes, parenting and life skills, counseling, risk avoidance education, mentoring and targeted media campaigns to reach women in unplanned pregnancies.

Proceeds from the Celebrating Life Luncheon will benefit 14 agencies on the “frontline,” actively furthering Council for Life’s mission of empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. “It is a privilege and honor to work alongside these organizations as we continue to change the conversation and the culture to value every life,” said Cathy Sisk, 2019 President of Council for Life.