By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — “L.I.V.E. Event: Life is Valuable…NO EXCEPTIONS” is a pro-life rally for youths and young adults ages 14 to 25 years old. The event will be held April 19 from 1-4 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Choice Center, a pro-life facility in Bettendorf.
Nationally known motivational speaker and musician Pat Millea will be featured. Organizers say his quirky and comical yet substantive and engaging style has captivated youth audiences at conferences across the United States.
Millea, who grew up in Davenport, is now based in Minneapolis, where he serves as a youth minister when he is not speaking at national events. His presentations are intended to entertain, educate and motivate young people to take opportunities to speak the truth about life.
Millea says, “I’m excited to be working with young people on what is the pre-eminent human rights issue of our time: the right to be born. Young people have an innate sense of human dignity, a passion to right the wrongs they see and the power to drive positive change.”
The L.I.V.E. event aims to give participants a platform to lend their voices in defense of the unborn.
Vicki Tyler, executive director and C.E.O. of the Women’s Choice Center says, “Young people today want the truth. When they hear the truth they embrace it and apply it to their lives.”
The event will feature medically-accurate, well-established biological facts to equip participants to defend the truth that human life begins at the moment of conception. In addition, organizers say the event will help equip 14- to 25-year-olds to handle difficult conversations with those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Participants are scheduled to hear a special message from former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Abby Johnson, who has become one of America’s most powerful pro-life voices. The rally will also feature music, trivia, games, food and prizes.
Organizers are seeking high school and college-age leaders to help with church and community outreach. Those interested in participating should email theliveevent firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.Facebook.com/TheLIVE Event or Twitter@theLIVEevent.
The rally is free to all who register online in advance. A $5 donation is requested at the door from unregistered attendees. To register online visit www.womenschoicecenter.com or call (563) 332-0475.