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Mar
1
Fri
Prolife Youth Award
Mar 1 all-day

Need money toward tuition … books … school supplies?

Compete for the Grand Rapids Right to Life Prolife Youth Award!

The winner will receive a $100 scholarship toward their education and be nominated for the $500 Right to Life of Michigan Prolife Youth Award.

This scholarship is for high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in the prolife movement.

To participate, high school seniors must submit:

  • a 300-400 word essay
  • a description of prolife activities in which they have participated
  • a completed application by Friday, March 1

The essay must focus on what this generation can do to promote a positive, prolife message.

Prolife activities must include volunteer work with Grand Rapids Right to Life or Right to Life of Michigan.

The application packet must be submitted to Grand Rapids Right to Life. One local student will win a $100 scholarship from Grand Rapids Right to Life and will then be nominated to the state committee for consideration.

Applications must be submitted to Laura at info@grrtl.org.

Mar
5
Tue
High School Oratory Contest @ Beverly Reformed Church
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm

Be a voice for the voiceless this March!

Enter the 30th annual High School Oratory Contest sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life.  This is a great way for high school students to practice their public speaking and leadership skills.

Each student who enters the contest will prepare a 5-7 minute speech on one of these prolife issues:  abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, human cloning, or embryonic stem cell research.

The top three finalists will earn cash prizes:

$150 – 1st place
$100 – 2nd place
$  50 – 3rd place

The first place winner will also compete at the State High School Oratory Contest on Saturday, May 4, in Holt. First, second, and third place prizes are $500, $300, and $200.

This is a great opportunity for high school students to take a stand for life and to possibly earn some extra cash!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2019.

All are welcome to come and listen to the presentations.

 

Students must be in grades 9 – 12 as of February 1, 2019.

Mar
8
Fri
Church Ministries Conference @ Calvary Baptist Church
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

New this year, Grand Rapids Right to Life will have a booth at the Church Ministries Conference in Grand Rapids.

The Church Ministries Conference exists to equip and energize lay and staff ministers for service in and through the local church.
With over 100 workshops that are designed to help in every area of ministry, this is a great opportunity to get in front of hundreds of ministers and to explain how Grand Rapids Right to Life can partner with local churches on the prolife issue.
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Help promote the message of life to local ministers by volunteering for this event.
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Sign-up online to volunteer.

Women’s Expo @ DeVos Place
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

Women's Expo 2016Once again, Grand Rapids Right to Life will have a booth at this year’s West Michigan Women’s Expo in downtown Grand Rapids.

But we can’t do it without you!

Do you have a few hours to join other volunteers and help staff the booth?

This is a great opportunity for us to get in front of thousands of women and educate on the prolife issue.  We will be selling prolife gear, handing out literature, promoting events, and discussing LIFE issues.

Be a part of this West Michigan tradition that boasts more than 400 exhibits for women.

Sign-up online to volunteer.

Mar
15
Fri
Advertise With Us
Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm

Here is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for life!

Each year Right to Life of Michigan holds a state conference in Lansing. An important part of this annual meeting is the Conference Book.

Hundreds of local businesses and individuals place ads in the Conference Book to show their support for the prolife movement.

Professionals can also have their names listed on a page for attorneys, dentists, physicians, educators, and nurses … just ask us how!

The Conference Book will be distributed to businesses and individuals throughout the Grand Rapids community. Those looking to work with a prolife business are encouraged to contact the companies and professionals who placed an ad in this book.

To place an ad in this year’s Conference Book, contact Laura.
The deadline is March 15, 2019.

Contributions are not tax-deductible, but the cost of advertising may be deducted as a business expense.

Apr
11
Thu
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Clinic for Women
Apr 11 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

As part of the spring campaign for 40 Days for Life, Grand Rapids Right to Life has adopted a day at the peaceful vigil.

Join with us and pray to end abortion in front of the only free-standing surgical abortion clinic in Grand Rapids.

40 Days for Life is a grassroots campaign to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach, and by holding a peaceful prayer vigil in front of an abortion facility.

Grand Rapids Right to Life supporters will pray for 12 hours on Thursday, April 11.  Participants are asked to remain on the public sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic and pray for one hour.

Contact us to be a part of this powerful effort to end abortion in our city.

 

Want to know what happens inside this free-standing abortion clinic?*

For $600, Heritage Clinic for Women offers medical abortions (RU-486) for pregnancies between 4 – 10 weeks.  RU-486 is a combination of two drugs used to kill and expel a child from the womb.

For $600 – $2,275, Heritage Clinic for Women performs two types of surgical abortions for pregnancies between 5 – 22 weeks.

Suction Curettage abortions are used for pregnancies between 5 – 13 weeks.  In this procedure, the cervix is dilated and the abortionist uses a powerful suction tube to dismember the unborn child and suck her out of the womb.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortions are used for pregnancies between 14 – 22 weeks.  In this procedure, the cervix is dilated and the abortionist uses forceps to dismember different parts of the child, such as arms and legs.  The baby’s head is often too large to be removed from the womb, so the abortionist must crush the skull in order to remove it.

*Information related to Heritage Clinic for Women pricing and procedures was taken directly from their website.

Apr
12
Fri
National Prolife T-shirt Day
Apr 12 all-day

College students, high school students, and young people of all ages will be wearing prolife T-shirts on Friday, April 12, to celebrate National Prolife T-shirt Day.

On this national day of action, young people all over the country are encouraged to wear a prolife T-shirt to school to show their support of and love for life. This event is designed to help even the most timid feel empowered to speak up on behalf of the innocent and defend the weak.

Participating youth can wear some cool prolife gear, promote their prolife values, and possibly change some hearts and minds.  The idea was conceived several years ago as a way to bring attention to the prolife movement among young people.

Need a cool, prolife T-shirt?  Check-out the awesome styles and reasonable prices in the Grand Rapids Right to Life store.

May
4
Sat
Bike & Hike Festival for Life @ Johnson Park
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the family-friendly fun of Bike & Hike Festival for Life! The day’s activities include biking, walking, a free picnic lunch, lots of family fun, a children’s play area, and a spring plant sale.

When you arrive at Johnson Park, simply register and then bike or walk the path.  You have until May 17 to collect your pledge money and return it to Grand Rapids Right to Life to be eligible for all of the great prizes.

Remember … turn in at least $100 in pledge money on the day of the event and get your free prolife T-shirt!

Experienced Cyclists
Cycle from Johnson Park to Millennium Park or Kent Trails.  Enjoy a challenge and then join the others for lunch.

Earn Grand Prizes
The top two participants who raise the most amount of money will win:

  • First Place – $400 Gift Card to West Michigan Bike & Fitness
  • Second Place – $200 Gift Card to Great Wolf Lodge

Earn Unlimited Prizes
Based on the amount of money you raise, participants can earn gift cards to:

  • $15 gift card – Michigan’s Adventure
  • $15 gift card – Dave and Buster’s
  • $15 gift card – Whitecaps Baseball
  • $15 gift card – Craig’s Cruisers
  • $15 gift card – Celebration! Cinema
  • Prolife Baseball Cap

Rain or shine … join us for a terrific day of family fun at the 40th annual Bike & Hike Festival for Life.

And don’t forget … check out the Spring Plant Sale while you’re at the event!

To sponsor this event, complete a Sponsor Form.

Download and print a Pledge Form to track your donations.  (coming soon)

To volunteer sign-up online.  (coming soon)

Spring Plant Sale @ Johnson Park
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Young Girl with FlowerDuring Bike & Hike Festival for Life, supporters have an opportunity to get some beautiful spring flowers.

Donations will be accepted to support the prolife work of Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Not biking?  Not hiking?  No problem!

Come for the Spring Plant Sale and get a jump start on the landscaped beauty of your home, apartment, condo, or cottage.

A variety of flowers and plants, for potting or hanging, is available.

 

Please Note:  No Early Sales

May
8
Wed
Focus on Life Breakfast @ The Bluff Banquet Center
May 8 @ 7:30 am – 8:45 am

All are welcome to the Focus on Life Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Stephanie Cozzolino.

Stephanie Cozzolino is a wife and mother of four precious children. Along with taking care of her family, she is a business owner, author, and an advocate for life. Stephanie’s life has been filled with many trials, including sexual abuse and abortion. Through her faith she has experienced much healing, redemption, and joy. She is passionate about using her testimony as a platform to bring hope and healing to others whether it be on the sidewalk at the local abortion facility, through prison ministry, or even at the grocery store. Stephanie lives by the statement that rescued people … rescue people.

Don’t miss this chance to hear Cozzolino speak on the prolife issue from her unique perspective and to learn more about Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Online reservations are required and must be submitted by April 24, 2019.

 

A freewill offering will be taken to help defray breakfast expenses.

Opportunities to reserve a table for the Focus on Life Benefit Dinner on October 7, 2019, featuring former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy, will be available.

Jun
3
Mon
Prolife Golf Classic @ Pilgrim's Run Golf Club
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am

Join us for a great day of golf and prizes at the 12th annual Prolife Golf Classic.

This event, held at beautiful Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club, is a day of fun for golfers of all levels.  Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club was selected as the favorite place to golf in West Michigan by the readers of The Grand Rapids Press.  Don’t miss your chance to golf at this prestigious course and to raise money to benefit the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Register as a foursome or register as a single and we will match you with other golfers.

This day of fun and fellowship includes a light breakfast, practice balls, 18 holes of golf, on-course games, and lunch.

Does your golf game need a little help?  Mulligan Packages are available for purchase!

Looking for an additional way to get involved?  Consider being a sponsor of this outing:

  • Scoreboard Sponsor
  • Food Sponsor
  • Cart Sponsor
  • Beverage Sponsor
  • Double Tee Sponsor
  • Tee Sponsor

Save $25 per golfer with the early bird discount if registered by March 1.

To participate in or to sponsor this event, complete and return the golf brochure.

Oct
7
Mon
Focus on Life Benefit Dinner @ DeVos Place Ballrooms
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The keynote speaker for the 32nd annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner will be Congressman from South Carolina Trey Gowdy.

Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. In congress, he served on the House Committees on Intelligence, Ethics, and Judiciary. Representative Gowdy fought to uphold the Constitution and to protect the dignity of human life.

As a federal prosecutor, Gowdy prosecuted crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. As 7th Circuit Solicitor, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

Don’t miss this evening of celebrating life and championing the prolife cause.

Individual seats and tables can be purchased by completing and submitting a registration form.

 

MEDIA LINKS

Trey Gowdy speaking about defunding Planned Parenthood on Cavuto Coast to Coast.

Trey Gowdy questions Priscilla Smith about redirecting taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood in a congressional hearing.

Trey Gowdy discusses partial-birth abortion in congressional hearing.

Trey Gowdy questions Cecile Richards regarding government funding of Planned Parenthood.

Dec
31
Tue
Coins for Kids
Dec 31 all-day

Baby BottleCoins for Kids is a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Right to Life and local pregnancy centers.

Churches and organizations in the Grand Rapids area are encouraged to choose one month to host a baby bottle drive.

Profits benefit Grand Rapids Right to Life and local agencies that provide material support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

It’s easy to host a Coins for Kids baby bottle drive!

Step 1:
Select a month that your church or school would like to participate and call Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Step 2:
Spread the word by putting the dates for the baby bottle drive in your bulletin or newsletter and by making announcements.

Step 3:
Request as many bottles as you need.  We suggest one bottle per family.

Step 4:
Spend the month filling those bottles with your spare change. 

Step 5:
Grand Rapids Right to Life will pick up the bottles at the end of the month and bring them to the bank to get counted.

Join us in this wonderfully easy and tangible way that you can support the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life and the work of local pregnancy centers.