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22LuncheonCoChairs.png 2022 Celebrating Life Luncheon Co-Chairs Billye Turner and Kelli Karlow

DALLAS, TX The Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel was filled with nearly 1,500 guests on November 14, 2022, coming together to celebrate a historical year for the cause of LIFE. The Council for Life Celebrating Life Luncheon raised over $1 million allowing the Dallas based life-affirming non-profit to fully fund its record 28 Beneficiaries for 2022. Featured speaker Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of The Christspoke powerfully for the unborn during the event.

Jim discussed the importance of love and how we must follow Jesus to learn about genuine love. He reminded attendees that all children despite any physical or mental challenges are "perfect in the eyes of God, and each one of these little beings teaches the world how to truly love. God needs us to be courageous in defending all of these precious children and all of the lives of the unborn."

Jim asserted there is no cause more important than affirming the "sanctity of life ethic." We must never surrender the freedoms intended by our Founding Fathers, and for which many have sacrificed mightily, for us, our children and future generations to be able to stand for moral truths. Jim’s parting words were: "My Brothers and Sisters...God chose you. So what are you going to do about it?" He quoted President Reagan saying remember this: "Evil is powerless, if the good are unafraid."

The Reverend Arthur Unachukwu, of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Council for Life Advisory Board member, opened the Luncheon with a beautiful prayer. Father Arthur thanked the Lord for and asked Him to bless all those who are part of this sacred calling, especially the Beneficiaries doing His lifesaving work.

Council for Life is grateful to Honorary Chairs Norma Hunt and Tavia and Clark Hunt for their deep personal dedication and generous philanthropic commitment to the sanctity of human life. We are so appreciative of their outstanding leadership on Council for Life's Board of Directors and Advisory Board and generous support through the years,” said 2022 Executive Director Lee Anne Morris.

2022 Celebrating Life Luncheon Co-Chairs Billye Turner and Kelli Karlow expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Luncheon underwriters, patrons and guests and CFL’s 2022 Luncheon Beneficiaries serving the urgent, increased Post-Roe needs of mothers, fathers and families facing the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies.”

Council for Life was especially appreciative of the distinguished government officials in attendance at the Luncheon who have fought boldly and courageously for the unborn. From Texas, CFL was honored to have Senator Bryan Hughes, Representative Tan Parker, Senator Angela Paxton and Attorney General Ken Paxton. From Mississippi, CFL was honored to have in attendance leaders instrumental in the Dobbs case— Attorney General Lynn Fitch, Solicitor General Scott Stewart and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

Watch the 2022 Celebrating Life Luncheon video including highlights of the leadership and missions of Catholic Pro-Life Community, Fort Worth Pregnancy Center and Hope Women's Center here.

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 $11 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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