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Dallas based life-affirming nonprofit Council for Life hosted an unforgettable event on Wednesday, October 27, to honor the organizations Celebrating Life Luncheon Patrons. 

Longtime CFL supporters Mimi and Bill Vanderstraaten graciously hosted at their beautiful home on the flawless October evening. Guests enjoyed themselves immensely as they looked forward tothe sold-out Celebrating Life Luncheon on Monday, November 14, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. 

Council for Life is thankful to Senior Pastor Bryan Dunagan of Highland Park Presbyterian Church for his prayer honoring those who protect vulnerable unborn babies and the mothers, fathers and families facing the complex issues of unplanned pregnancies. 

Attendees listened to the inspiring testimony of Ashley Potts, Founder and Executive Director of Selah Creek, one of CFL’s 28 incredible life-affirming 2022 Beneficiaries. Her compelling description of the challenges her maternity home faces post-Roe reinforced the urgent, increased needs of all CFL’s 2022 Beneficiaries that donations are supporting this year. 

Although the Celebrating Life Luncheon is sold out, you may add your name to the waitlist to attend here: https://bit.ly/22CFLLuncheonWaitlist  

Cannot make it to the Luncheon? You can still donate to support CFL’s 28 amazing Life-affirming Beneficiaries here: https://councilforlife.org/donate/  

Do not forget to enter to win CFL's two fabulous raffle prizes here by visiting: https://bit.ly/BuyLuncheonRaffleTix22  

You need not be present to win! 

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 providingfinancial support to agencies that share their mission. Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $11 million to fund 65 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Learn more at councilforlife.org 

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The Council for Life 21st Annual Celebrating Life Luncheon on Monday, November 14, 2022 is SOLD OUT!
 
BUT you can enter to WIN TWO AMAZING RAFFLE ITEMS NOW!
 
You need NOT be present to win!
 
CLICK HERE to Buy Your Raffle Tickets Now:
 
Our wonderful Raffle Items include:
 
A handmade Art Deco Platinum Cross Necklace embellished with 1.85 carats of Diamonds
in a filigree edge Valued at $10,000
generously donated by William Noble Rare Jewels
 
A $5,000 Highland Park Village Shopping Experience
(Includes Two Hours with a Highland Park Village Personal Shopper)
generously donated by Highland Park Village
 
Winners will be announced at the Celebrating Life Luncheon. 
GOOD LUCK! We are forever grateful for your generous, faithful support of our mission to Celebrate and Protect LIFE!
 

About Council for Life

Council for Life (CFL) exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choicesMotivated 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 $10 million to fund 60 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Learn more at councilforlife.org

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2022 Celebrating Life Luncheon featured Speaker Jim Caviezel

DALLAS, TX Dallas-based nonprofit Council for Life is proud to announce their 21st Celebrating Life Luncheon on Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Hilton Anatole with featured speaker Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of The Christ. Council for Life is committing — for the first time — to funding over $1 million of the proceeds of the Luncheon from their generous donors to a record-breaking 28 beneficiaries who work joyfully to support LIFE.

Jim Caviezel is best known as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and as John Reese in the hit TV series Person of Interest. Caviezel also has an upcoming film release, Sound of Freedom, that is the true-life story of Tim Ballard, a former U.S. government agent who quit his job to devote his life to rescuing children from global sex traffickers.

As a devout Catholic, Caviezel is an outspoken advocate for the unborn and their right to life, speaking nationally on the subject. He has been married to his wife Kerri for 26 years, and they have three children, all of whom are adopted from China. Two of their children have severe medical issues.

Council for Life is thrilled to honor Norma Hunt and Tavia and Clark Hunt as this year’s Luncheon Honorary Co-Chairs. The Hunt family is known for faith, family, and football, and they have been members and leaders of Council for Life for decades. Norma is the wife of the late sports pioneer Lamar Hunt — founder of the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs — and she is often referred to as the First Lady of Football. Tavia and Clark Hunt continue their family’s legacy in sports and in philanthropy.

Kelli Karlow and Billye Turner — philanthropic leaders in the Dallas community dedicated to the cause of Life — are CFL’s outstanding Luncheon Co-Chairs“We are immensely grateful to both our Honorary and Luncheon Chairs for their faithful, generous support of Council for Life and unwavering, bold stand for Life,” states CFL’s Executive Director, Lee Anne Morris.

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. Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $10 million to fund 60 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Learn more at councilforlife.org.

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Administrative Assistant Priscilla Overton, Director of Communication and Philanthropy Suzanne Everbach, Board President Cathy Sisk, Founder Emeritus Ann Carruth, PR & Media Consultant Maggie Caine, Director of Finance Natalie Seigel, and Executive Director Lee Anne Morris

DALLAS, TX Dallas-based life-affirming nonprofit, Council for Life, announces the appointment of Lee Anne Morris as the organization's first Executive Director and Suzanne Everbach as the organization’s first Director of Communication and Philanthropy. Natalie Siegewill continue to serve as the Director of Finance.

Morris brings to Council for Life extensive ministry leadership experience with Bible Study Fellowship and legal experience with two Dallas law firms. Lee Anne is passionate about speaking for the sanctity of Life and assisting the Council for Life Staff and Board educate the community about the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and raise funds to support the agencies that share CFL’s mission. She helps CFL pursue its mission to empower women, men, and youth to make life-affirming choices and remain faithful to its Core Values. Lee Anne graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and Emory University School of Law.

“During my ten-year involvement with Council for Life, I have been inspired by CFL’s exceptional volunteers and outstanding staff who wholeheartedly believe in the sanctity of Life, that human life begins at conception, and that every unborn baby bears the image of God,” said Morris. “I stand in awe of the magnificent work of the CFL Beneficiaries, and I am humbled and deeply grateful to have the privilege to help CFL carry out our mission to educate our community and raise funds to financially support local life-affirming agencies.”

Everbach has been the Chief Operating Officer of Council for Life for three years and brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to the role of Director of Communication and Philanthropy. She draws from her experience as an attorney, CPA, and development director for other organizations to carry out her responsibilities. Suzanne cares deeply about the sanctity of Life and the work of CFL to protect every precious unborn baby. She will continue to direct CFL’s exceptional communication and donor development efforts. Suzanne insightfully tracks the ever-changing legal and legislative landscape related to Life issues and provides comprehensive educational summaries for the Council for Life Board and constituents. Suzanne received her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University.

Natalie Siegel will continue to serve as the Director of Finance for Council for Life. She has been involved with Council for Life since 2009 by contributing her experience in accounting and finance to help streamline and maximize CFL’s fundraising efforts, Affiliate Program, and Beneficiary grant application process. Natalie believes in the worth and dignity of every human life and is honored to use her talents to further the mission of CFL. She received her undergraduate business degree from Southern Methodist University and Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Volunteer-led since 2001, Council for Life engaged in critically important Strategic Planning meetings throughout 2021 to seek God’s direction for the future of the organization. As a result of these sessions, in January 2022, Lee Anne Morris joined the team as Executive Director, Suzanne Everbach became Director of Communication and Philanthropy and Natalie Siegel continued as Director of Finance. Together with two parttime staff, Maggie Caine, PR and Social Media Manager and Priscilla Overton, Administrative Assistant, they form the CFL staff under the leadership of Founder Emeritus Ann Carruth.

“For 20 years, Council for Life has been a volunteer-led organization effectively and skillfully providing educational and financial blessing to so many mothers, babies, fathers, and families in unplanned pregnancies,” stated Carruth. “God is now calling us to do even more for our DFW community and expand our borders beyond Dallas. In 2021 we started the Council for Life Affiliate in Central Texas. To do our work, God has given us new personnel grounded in their Christian faith to lead Council for Life. I could not be more pleased with the addition of Lee Anne Morris as Executive Director, the continuation of Natalie Siegel as Director of Finance and the expansion of Suzanne Everbach into the role of Director of Communication and Philanthropy. The skills, experience, and passion these women bring to Council for Life are essential for this pivotal moment we are in for 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. Since 2001, Council for Life has raised more than $10 million to fund more than 60 agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with life-affirming missions relating to the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies. Learn more at councilforlife.org.

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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