Local, state and national pro-life groups typically have an annual meeting or event. This can be a convention, seminar or fundraising affair. Your editors, along with dozens of other pro-life speakers, have been invited to address many of these meetings over the years. We’d like to share a recent new dynamic and suggest you may want to consider it for your organization.
Increasingly, pregnancy help centers have an annual banquet, most of which serve as fundraisers. Such an event was recently held in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin is a relatively small city, which, happily, has a very successful and dynamic pro-life organization called Life Choices. They had a very special and dramatic highlight during the evening for the 1,200 people attending their annual banquet.
On the stage was a table, draped for privacy, along with an ultrasound machine and technician. A woman, about five months pregnant, reclined on it. The technician proceeded to do an ultrasound exam visualizing her developing baby. This was then projected onto three huge screens in the banquet hall so that everyone there saw a clear picture on the screen. As an added plus from above, her little baby was extremely active. At five months, there was no question of being able to recognize and identify the physical anatomy of the baby. This was probably the first time the overwhelming majority of those attending had seen a remarkably clear ultrasound exam in front of them.
Sometimes babies are sluggish and sleepy and one isn’t quite sure of what you’re looking at. This little guy was jumping and moving, twisting and turning. He sucked his thumb, scratched his head and did everything that anybody could have wanted him to do, to the audible oohs and aahs of the audience. It was a remarkably effective demonstration and everyone was deeply impressed.
It should also be noted that the banquet raised far more money than had ever been raised before, and provided over 50% of their entire year’s budget.
If you agree that this is a good idea, why not try it?