Check back soon for a recap & photos of a wondrous Gala evening!
We were so honored to welcome Keynote Speaker, Melissa Ohden, to our Gala!
Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.
Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Australian Parliament. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for the Vitae Foundation, a national organization which uses media to advance a culture of life.
In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 210 survivors. Melissa has been featured on television and radio programs including: The 700 Club, EWTN, Fox News, Focus on the Family, American Family Radio, the Mike Huckabee show, and the Teresa Tomeo show. She is the author of You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir, which was released in January of 2017.
After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. It’s evidence of the intergenerational impact of abortion on all of our lives.
Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.
Lifetini Signature Drink
Did you know? When you ordered a Lifetini signature drink at our Life is Beautiful Gala, proceeds benefited our Step Forward client curriculum. Yes, a refreshing blend of Kinky liqueur, Blue Curacao & Chambord with sour actually helped create a more robust educational program for our Step Forward clients!
Frank Sullivan and O’Sullivan Auctioneers bring over 100 years of experience and 150 million dollars raised for nonprofits. Frank & his team bring an energy & excitement that is unparalleled! The live auction was entertainment unto itself as they truly did put the fun in fundraising!
Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible!