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The January Life Breakfast presented by The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.
This is the 16th annual Life Breakfast, which was founded and operated by Lutherans for Life before being transferred to The Howard Center.
The purpose of the Life Breakfast is to commemorate the lives lost since the Roe v. Wade decision in January 1973, and to honor those in the community who have ministered to women, children and families in the past year in the defense of infant and prenatal life.
This year’s speakers will be Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) and his wife, Stacy Morrissey, who will share some of their own personal experience with the value of human life.
In addition, two awards will be presented. The Family Heritage Award honors a family that has been particularly open to life, and this year’s award will go to Robert and Joyce Balzer of Boone County. Robert and Joyce, who attend Holy Family Catholic Church, have eight children who have since given them 48 grandchildren.
The White Rose Award honors a local teen who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the pro-life cause through community volunteering, and this year’s award goes to Christiana Belonger, who is a student at Rock Valley College.
Tickets are $15 per person, and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, Jan. 13. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to inquire about sponsorship, contact Nicole King at (815) 742-4387.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015