The Family Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala is Saturday, October 9, and the date is rapidly approaching. We hope you have your tickets or are at least planning on ordering them very soon. As this update details, it's becoming one of the hottest tickets this political season. Click here or call 804-343-0010 or e-mail to Gala@familyfoundation.org to place 0rders for single tickets, couples tickets, VIP reception and/or sponsorships. But please don't wait — we have more than 1,000 confirmed guests and space is filling up fast as we approach last year's record attendance. Congressman Mike Pence, winner of the recent 2012 Values Voter Summit presidential straw poll, held by Family Research Council Action, is the keynote speaker. One leading conservative credits Pence for single-handedly insisting that the Congressional Republicans' new "Pledge to America" included life, marriage and family issues.

The deadline to reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown (501 East Broad Street) at a reduced rate also is approaching quickly. The Family Foundation room block will be held until Thursday, September 30. If you or your guests are planning to stay overnight, please call 1-877-782-9444 to make your reservation today and mention "The Family Foundation Gala" or click here.

Congressman Pence won't be our only special guest: Wayburn Dean, a member of the Gospel quartet Acappella during its rise to prominence, where he received both Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and who now performs as a solo artist, will perform "America the Beautiful" and two of his hit singles. His song "What Will Be Your Legacy?" (which he will peform for us) was selected as the Number 5 inspirational single for 2009 by Christian Music Weekly.