t’s official. We’ve finally moved into our new building!
But it’s not just any building. A mid-nineteenth century four-story Greek Revival historic town house tucked among city sky scrapers in downtown Richmond, buttressed by a significant rear add-on with additional space, accented with a large and fully-enclosed courtyard and three walk-out balconies, all just a block and a half away from the state Capitol. And only by God’s unforeseen but abundantly clear leading, coupled with the faithful partnership of supporters like you, we are now the owners
This afternoon, in an extremely rare and unexpected twist in the abortion industry’s zealous efforts to strike down nearly all of Virginia’s abortion restrictions, Judge Henry E. Hudson issued a sudden 180-reversal from his devastating decision last week declaring that non-doctors can commit abortions in Virginia.
With virtually no control over what happens next, this is yet another moment for all pro-life Virginians to reflect on one unasailable reality: Elections have consequences. That being true, while we may have little control, we have the ear of the One who has all control. Please join me in praying for the outcome of this case to be fully argued on May 20th. So much is at stake for so many who need the laws' protection.
A few weeks ago, I told you about an attempt by a state agency to target and punish faith-based counselors who would simply help a minor work through struggles with unwanted sexual attractions or gender dysphoria. Now, there are several state licensing boards with clear ideological motives that are aiming to do the very same thing. This time, it’s the Board of Counseling, and they need to hear from you!
The Family Foundation Annual Gala will take place October 8 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, head of the National Restaurant Association, chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, business commentator, pastor, radio talk show host and, most importantly, a stage IV cancer survivor. Oh, yeah, he won the Florida GOP Presidential Straw Poll and is the leading candidate in the Republican presidential nomination, as of today, in the new Zogby Poll.*
Herman Cain is an accomplished man, a great speaker, and grounded in faith, family and country, and in upholding the principles of the U.S. Constitution. He is worth hearing and we hope you will consider joining us for our major annual fundraising event and see why there is such a national buzz over Herman Cain. To get to know Mr. Cain a bit better, please view this video of an appearance he made with former Arkansas governor, Fox News host, and 2010 Family Foundation Gala keynote speaker Mike Huckabee earlier this year on his Fox News Channel show, Huckabee.
Herman Cain teaches Bill O'Reilly a thing or two about economics.
* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain’s appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.
The Family Foundation is thrilled to announce that sponsorships and program ads for our 2011 Gala with Herman Cain now are available. Find event details and sign up for sponsorships for this much-anticipated event or reserve a program ad by visiting www.familyfoundation.org/gala.
This year’s Gala, featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain, is Saturday, October 8 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. A private sponsors' reception and photo line will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00. The suggested dress for the evening is business attire. Sponsorship benefits for the various levels include seats at Mr. Cain's table, a private reception and photograph with Mr. Cain, and a signed copy of his soon-to-be-released book, Who Is Herman Cain?
Seating placement in the ballroom is influenced by response date, so with a capacity crowd of 1,000-plus people anticipated again this year, please don't delay becoming a sponsor. To be listed as a sponsor in the printed invitation mailed to several thousand Family Foundation households, your sponsor commitment must be made by Friday, August 12.
Herman Cain is the American story. The son of a chauffeur and house cleaner, through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Cain rose to the highest levels of corporate management and is now a prominent, well-respected conservative leader and commentator. After earning a Master's degree from Purdue University, he served in the U.S. Navy, shared the pastorate of a Baptist church, beat stage IV cancer and finished second in a three-way bid for a U.S. Senate seat. His life as the celebrated CEO of Godfather's Pizza and corporate turnaround expert, chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, president of the National Restaurant Association, and popular radio talk show host has provided Herman Cain an unparalleled national platform (see John Stossel at FoxNews.com). His love for our country, respect for the principles it was founded on and zeal for seeing a return to that foundation make him an important ally.
He's also a passionate and spirited orator whom you won't want to miss. Here's a sample of what to expect from Herman Cain. It's a brief speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition last winter:
"Our Founding Fathers did their job. We must be the defending fathers. We must defend the life of the unborn."
What: The Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain
Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom
When: October 8, 2011, private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00.
Pastor, radio host, business mastermind, CEO, non-politician, and a champion for pro-life, pro-family policies, Herman Cain is a rising star within the conservative movement and a favorite amongst the Tea Party. While likely best known for his role as former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Mr. Cain also is remembered as the one who articulately challenged former President Bill Clinton on the negative effects of HillaryCare on small businesses during a widely publicized nationally televised town hall forum in 1994.
A real life rags-to-riches story, he is the son of a chauffeur and a cleaner who has not always had life easy. However, he has accomplished much in his 66 years: a Masters degree from Purdue University, service in the U.S. Navy, associate pastor at a Baptist church, beating stage IV cancer, several executive positions at major corporations, president of the National Restaurant Association, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and senior advisor for the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign to name only a few of his significant accomplishments. A Georgia native, he is married to his wife, Gloria, and his a father and grandfather.
You won't want to miss hearing Herman Cain address the annual Family Foundation Galaon Saturday evening, October 8, in Richmond (see today's Richmond Times-Dispatch). As with the last two years when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Congressman Mike Pence inspired crowds of 1,000, Herman Cain's personal story will encourage, motivate and energize you for the future. Join other like-minded folks at this one-of-a-kind event that has become a "must attend" for conservative Virginians and a "who’s who" for politicians and elected officials.
The Gala will again be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Details, including information on sponsorship packages, tickets and program advertisements, will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, we hope you'll reserve this date on your calendar.