Today marks “Giving Tuesday!”
We had many generous friends of Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey join us for our annual “Guardians of the Family Gala” earlier this month on November 10th.
The evening started out by an amazing Star-Spangled Banner performance from Rachel Christenson, a young upcoming performer who blessed us with her wonderful talents.
We heard from Family Policy Alliance President & CEO of FPA Craig DeRoche as he described the relationship between the state-based Family Policy Councils (like our organization) and the national organization, which brings synergy to the movement.
Leo Terrell 2.0 was our guest of honor and keynote speaker who energized the crowd and talked about his transformation from a left leaning activist (1.0) to an advocate for things on the right (2.0).
Receiving the Legislative Award was Assemblyman Robert Auth, a longtime advocate for family values and the life issue. He has been there for us when we needed him to advocate for good legislation and oppose bad legislation at our state capitol.
We awarded Bishop David Anba Bishoy the “Receiving the Family, Faith & Freedom Award” for leading the charge in New Jersey to fight for family values. The Coptic Christian community in NJ engaged their congregations and were responsible for over 35,000 letters being sent to Governor Murphy and legislators to support a bill that protects the rights of parents to opt their children out of lessons and materials that violate their fundamental religious beliefs regarding sex, sexuality, and gender identity, or receive a voucher to attend a school that will respect their family’s beliefs and culture.
I shared about the many issues facing our organization, including the Reproductive Freedom Act which enshrines into law abortion up to the moment of birth. This allows for non-medical personnel to perform abortions and other egregious issues relating to abortion on demand in New Jersey. This is an assault in our schools and the LGBTQ+ activities threaten our children, indoctrinating them as young as kindergarten.
I also shared the opening for a new executive director since, Shawn Hyland, former executive director, has left to run for Congress in 2022.
The evening closed out with a Free Will Offering that topped the evening’s goal and triggering a matching gift, thanks to generous partners like you.
If you were not in attendance, would you consider supporting the activities of FPA and FPF of NJ by clicking the donate button below?
On #GivingTuesday, I’m thankful for your generosity, prayers, and support. We couldn’t do this work without you.
The 2019 Family Gala is taking place on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. This annual event has been the essential gathering place for like-minded Christian’s throughout New Jersey to re-energize their efforts in building a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Past keynote speakers have included Governor Mike Huckabee and Judge Jeanine Perrio of FOX news. The enthusiasm for this year’s event cannot be greater.
Our guest speaker is Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director and now national pro-life advocate. Her fascinating journey is the story behind the blockbuster film Unplanned.
Furthermore, the evening festivities will highlight our exciting new ministry model as NJ Family Policy Council has officially become Family Policy Alliance of NJ. This is your opportunity to hear more about our strategic plans for our state and our top legislative priorities.
In addition, you were hear from Paul Weber, president and CEO of the national Family Policy Alliance. Do not miss this encouraging night of delicious food and inspirational speakers.