Events

Jan
9
Mon
Pampered Chef Party
Jan 9 – Apr 30 all-day

Pampered Chef Party

Shop online at a party with a purpose!

A wonderful supporter is hosting a Pampered Chef Party with the proceeds going to Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Pampered Chef offers cooking tools that give people more confidence in the kitchen and recipes that help families enjoy mealtimes together. Pampered Chef is also a great way to learn recipes and tips to make meals that fuel your lifestyle with high-quality products.

Browse the online party, purchase some wonderful products, and support a great, local cause.

All party rewards and money that the party hostess makes will be put toward items for the Holiday Auction.

Details

  • This online party ends on April 30.

Feb
24
Fri
Next Steps: LIFEMARK @ The Wright Connection
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Next Steps for Church RepsRoe v. Wade has been overturned.

Proposal 3 enshrined the “right” to abortion in the Michigan Constitution.

Where do we go from here?

Join Tammy Erste, prolife ambassador, as she helps Church Representatives understand their unique purpose and mission in a post-Roe culture.

All current and interested Church Representatives are welcome to come to Next Steps for Church Reps and view the film LIFEMARK. The gathering will include watching the movie and engaging in a discussion on the film’s themes.

This get-together will encourage those working to build a culture of life to stand firm and continue fighting the “good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).

RSVP Required

  • To attend, contact Tammy by Friday, February 17.
  • Seating is limited.

Mar
1
Wed
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 and a $500 scholarship!

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

One local student will win a scholarship from Grand Rapids Right to Life and will then be nominated to Right to Life of Michigan for consideration for the state award.

To participate, high school seniors must submit an application, a list of prolife activities, and an essay focused on what this generation can do to promote a positive, prolife message.

Essay Guidelines

  • Typed in 12-point font
  • Double-spaced
  • 300 – 400 words

Prolife Involvement

  • List and describe your prolife activities and volunteer efforts.
  • Work with Grand Rapids Right to Life or Right to Life of Michigan must be included.

Application

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Mail or e-mail the application and essay by March 1.

Mar
7
Tue
High School Oratory Contest @ Grand Rapids Right to Life
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm

Be a voice for the voiceless this March!

Enter the 34th 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 contestant must research, write, and present a 5-7 minute speech on a prolife topic. The top three finalists will earn cash prizes. The first place winner will also compete at the State High School Oratory Contest in May in Charlotte.

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

All are welcome to come and listen to the presentations.

Contestant Criteria

  • Participants must be in grades 9 – 12 as of February 1.

Contest Prizes

  • $250 – 1st place
  • $150 – 2nd place
  • $100 – 3rd place

Oratory Guidelines

  • Research, write, and present a 5-7 minute speech.
  • Topics include abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research.

Application

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Submit the application by March 1.

Mar
15
Wed
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, health care workers, and educators … 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.

Details

  • Conference Book ads start as low as $75.
  • Patron ads start as low as $25.
  • Name placement in the professionals ads starts as low as $25.

Place an Ad

  • The deadline to place an ad is March 15.
  • To place an ad contact Laura.

Donations to the Conference Book

  • Advertisement contributions are not tax-deductible.
  • The cost of advertising may be deducted as a business expense.

Mar
30
Thu
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Clinic for Women
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

40 Days for LifeAs 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 facility 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, March 30. Participants are asked to remain on the public sidewalk in front of the abortion facility and pray for one hour.

Volunteers Needed

  • Choose one hour to pray in front of the abortion facility.
  • Prayer booklets are available for those who participate.

Prayer Vigil Reminders

  • Parking is available on side streets, in parking ramps, and at meters.
  • Bring umbrellas, windbreakers, hats, and hand warmers if needed.
  • Do not hesitate to leave the vigil if for any reason you are not comfortable.
  • Bring prayer aids such as a Bible, rosary, or prayer booklet.
  • Focus on praying not protesting.

Get Involved

  • Contact Laura to be a part of this powerful effort to end abortion.

 

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

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 before they removed their fee schedule.

Apr
1
Sat
LEAD Scholarship
Apr 1 all-day

Lead ScholarshipHigh school students are eligible for one of three $250 scholarships to attend this exhilarating week-long summer program.

Student Statesmanship Institute hosts their intensive LEAD Summer Program for high school students. LEAD is a life-transforming week featuring authentic leadership simulations in the legislative, media, judicial, campaign, and business fields all under the direction of Christian professionals. Prolife issues are included in several tracks.

During this real-world experience, young people learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, strategic planning, and effective communication. While being engaged in high-level leadership roles, they are also inspired to apply Biblical and moral principles in their own life and the world around them.

Students may choose the week they are able to attend camp.

Summer Camp Dates and Location

  • Week 1:  June 18 – 23
  • Week 2:  July 9 – 14
  • Week 3:  July 23 – 28
  • Spring Arbor University, 106 East Main Street, Spring Arbor, Michigan

Summer Camp Registration

  • Scholarship recipients must still register for LEAD Summer Program.
  • Discounts are available from Student Statesmanship Institute.
Award Criteria
  • Young people aged 13-19
  • Completed application

Application Process

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Submit the application by April 1.

May
1
Mon
DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award
May 1 all-day

DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership AwardThe DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award and a $1,000 scholarship is presented each spring to a high school senior who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the prolife movement.

This award is named to honor the memory of Dennis Joseph Zarnosky, who died in a tragic car accident in 2000.  DJ was only 16 when he died; however, he was always a passionate supporter of life and was determined to make a difference in the world.

Steve and Sandy Zarnosky, DJ’s parents, were blessed by his life and they continue to be enriched and encouraged by memories of his spirit and by the young award recipients who are carrying on his legacy of commitment to the prolife movement.

Award Criteria

  • High school senior at time of application deadline
  • Active involvement with Grand Rapids Right to Life
  • Completed application

Application Process

May
31
Wed
Donate to the Holiday Auction
May 31 all-day

Donate to the Holiday AuctionIn preparation for one of our best fundraisers of the year, Grand Rapids Right to Life is accepting donations for the 25th annual Holiday Auction.

This event raises money to fund activities and educational outreach efforts that foster respect for all human life.

The Holiday Auction gives hundreds of supporters a unique and fun shopping experience … just in time for Christmas!

To make this event successful, we need your help. Please consider contributing to the Holiday Auction by May 31.

Donations
For unique donations, think outside the box:

  • one-of-a-kind experiences
  • merchandise and restaurant gift cards
  • homemade craft items
  • vacation, cottage, B&B rentals
  • homemade food
  • baby items and children’s toys
  • books, CDs, DVDs
  • interesting items for the home or garden
  • gift certificates for services

Deadline to Donate

  • Donations are due by May 31.
  • Complete a donor form for each item.
  • Contact us to arrange a drop-off time.
  • Mail to GRRTL, PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0901.

Holiday Auction Details

  • The Holiday Auction will be held from October 16 – 23.
  • People can submit bids via phone or online.
  • Items can be viewed online or by visiting the office during set hours.

Dec
31
Sun
Wish List
Dec 31 all-day

As we work together to protect the precious gift of human life, here are some simple ways that you can help Grand Rapids Right to Life make a difference in our community.

Wish List Items

Forever stamps are useful for notes to donors and supporters.

Disposable coffee cups with lids come in handy when working with volunteers.

$5 and $10 Meijer gift cards provide fresh snacks for gatherings.

Pre-formed  coin wrappers in all denominations make Coins for Kids drives easy.

For mailings, it is essential to have Avery 5160 mailing labels.

Gift cards to Subway provide sustenance for gatherings.

For promotional flyers, any color of card stock paper is great.

Mini candy bars are very popular at expos and student events.

$5 and $10 Staples gift cards are vital for office supplies.

Bottled water or premium coffee can be shared with volunteers.

Donations

  • May be dropped off at or shipped to the Grand Rapids Right to Life office.
  • May be ordered online from our Wish List.