Annual Banquet


To watch the banquet the video:

Banquet Contact:
Megan Whiteside, MiraVia’s Community Relations Manager
704-525-4673 ext. 13

Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Melissa Ohden
Melissa Ohden 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 gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.

She is the founder and director of The Abortion Survivors Network and is a Master’s level prepared Social Worker. She’s the author of “You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir.”


Keynote Sponsor
Jordan and Anna Raniszeski

Path to Life Sponsor

Patron Circle Sponsors
Joseph H. and Carol Gigler

Advocate Circle Sponsors
Anonymous (2)
Jason and Molly Beckert
Cardinal Plastics, Inc.
Chuck and Lisa Curtis
Will and Katie Esser, IV
Mark and Mona Heitbrink
Hans and Pat Lengers
Amy and Butch Mayer
Joan and Paul Polking

Benefactor Circle Sponsors

Dennis and Gail Abraham
Megan and Cliff Edahl
In Memory of Mark Ferreira
Dr. Don Joyce
Carla and Bill Lewis
Dennis and Kaye McGarry
M. Marie Mitchell
The Monks of Belmont Abbey
St. Matthew Columbiettes

Previous Banquet Speakers

2020 – Melissa Ohden
2019 – Abby Johnson
2018 – Shawn Carney
2017 – Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
2016 – Kerri Caviezel

2015 – Austin Ruse. Click
 here for the transcript of Ruse’s keynote speech.
2014 – Raymond Arroyo

2013 – Teresa Tomeo
2012 – Johnette Benkovic
2011 – Dr. Gerard Nadal
2010 – Jason Jones
2009 – David Bereit
2008 – Carol Everett
2007 – Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
2006 – Patrick Madrid
2005 – Fr. Frank Pavone
2004 – Jennifer O’Neill
2003 – J.C. Watts, Jr.
2002 – Janet Folger
2001 – Gary Bauer
2000 – Alan Keyes
1999 – Roman Gabriel, Master of Ceremonies