March 8th Celebration of Life Annual Banquet
Special thanks to Dawn Heuglin for chairing the banquet committee, shown first in the slide show. Thank you to all who attended and made it a wonderful celebration!
The guest speaker, Ryan Bomberger, an Emmy® Award-winning creative professional, international public speaker, citizen journalist, factivist, and author, presented a powerful talk enhanced by multimedia displays.
He and his wife, Bethany, began The Radiance Foundation to extensively research and creatively present challenging social issues through ad campaigns, multimedia talks, fearless journalism, and compassionate community outreaches. Ryan is passionate about helping to build a culture that values Life in all of its stages.
The Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award went to Ed Harpring, current pro-life coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville for Family Ministries. He works with Respect Life chains and promotes legislative action through the Catholic Conference of Kentucky pertaining to Life issues. He and his wife, Cathy, have been very active in pro-life events and committees in church and community outreach like 40 Days for Life and many others. He has touched and saved many lives as a Sidewalk Counselor at the EMW clinic for over 30 years!
The Schuhmann A. Montgomery, Sr., Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Tony and Sue Medly of Springfield, Ky. They are active members of St. Rose Parish and have led the Parish Respect Life Committee for 10 years. They spearheaded the planning and construction of the "Rachel weeping for her children" statue that is near their church and have led many efforts to keep the Life issue front and center in their area. Each year they reserve one or two tables at the Celebration of Life banquet and attend other RTL events throughout the year. Theirs is a model family.
The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky Award went to Cathie Young. She and her husband Dan have five children and all are members of Ascension and St. Louis Bertrand parishes. Cathie is a member of the Louisville board and chairs the KRLA Essay Contest and Walk for Life, two gigantic missions. She volunteers with Little Way Pregnancy Center, 40 Days for Life and the annual AMTA Regional MockTrial Tournament in Lousiville. She is an attorney with Blackburn, Domene & Burchett.