Carney to keynote Celebration of Life fundraising gala


The Women’s Resource Center announces their 13th annual Celebration of Life Gala will be Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner catered by Lasyone’s Restaurant. Tickets are available for $25 each and must be purchased in advance, as seating is limited.

There are a variety of sponsorships levels still available at $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. The WRC is hosting this event to allow them to continue to serve the more than 400 women they see every year. These women come from over seven different parishes, most of them young, in need, and experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Services include information, emotional and spiritual support and encouragement, and material assistance up to a year after her child is born.

These services are designed to give a woman the confidence she needs to make a life affirming choice for her unborn child, aid her in having a healthy pregnancy and equip her to be a successful woman and mother. This is the one major fundraising event by the WRC each year and plays a large role in allowing WRC to continue to provide all services free of charge to clients. Speaker, Shawn Carney, began in the pro-life movement in college as a volunteer and after college was asked to be the Executive Director of the Coalition for Life, the organization where he volunteered which is made up of over 60 churches.

In 2004, Carney helped lead the first 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. 40 Days for Life has confirmed reports of over 15,000 mothers choosing life and 186 abortion center workers who have had conversions and left their jobs, including former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson.

Carney and his wife are portrayed in the 2019 film, Unplanned, which tells the story of Johnson’s conversion. He is a regular media spokesperson and hosted award-winning pro-life documentaries. He is the co-author of the Amazon Top Rated Christian book, 40 Days for Life, and the host of the popular pro-life podcast, 40 Days for Life. His new book, The Beginning of the End of Abortion, became a national bestseller.

Carney lives in Texas with his wife and seven children. All gala guests will have an opportunity to meet Carney prior to the program.  A photographer will also be available at no charge to guests. The WRC reaches hundreds of young women each year from all walks of life without charging for any service.

Dr. Martin Aviles, OB/GYN, serves as Medical Director. Tickets may be purchased at the Women’s Resource Center located at 107 North St. or by calling (318) 357-8888.