On Monday, October 16, Kevin Sorbo brought star power and a powerful prolife punch to the 36th annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner. Not only was his presentation humorous and engaging, but he laid out a battle plan that inspired the 900 attendees to continue the fight for life armed with knowledge and filled with courage.
Sorbo also screened an animated video for which he provided the narration. The Procedure was based on a true story about a medical professional who quit his job after witnessing a second-trimester abortion. Not a sound could be heard from the audience as this eye-opening video was played and the reality of abortion was made known.
Bernadette Smith, Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, was the emcee for the evening. She shared the story of her daughter Hannah, who was born with Trisomy 18. Despite her death at the age of four, her short life had value and memories of her continue to inspire her family and others.
Laura Alexandria, president of Grand Rapids Right to Life, gave a talk about the accomplishments of the organization during 2023, which included an ongoing social media campaign that helps abortion-minded women, student scholarships and programs, and community education through events and publications. Alexandria also encouraged the attendees to be knowledgeable about the help available to women facing a crisis pregnancy so that abortion becomes unthinkable.
Many dignitaries, prolife legislators, and local judges were in attendance.
The evening opened with a prayer from Rev. Jacob Zemaitis, associate pastor of Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and ended with prayer from Rev. Rick LeFebre, pastor of Lamont Community Church.
Photos from the Focus on Life Benefit Dinner may be viewed on the Grand Rapids Right to Life Flickr page.