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23rd Annual Rose Dinner in West Virginia: a special emphasis on people with special needs

by | Nov 12, 2021

By Mary Anne Buchanan Communications Director, West Virginians for Life 

1st District Congressman David McKinley and Keynote Speaker Melissa Ortiz

Melissa Ortiz challenged all to be more sensitive to people with disabilities at the 23rd Annual Rose Dinner on Thursday night (November 11) sponsored by West Virginians for Life (WVFL). With humor and grace, who better than a “Ms. Wheelchair New York 2005” to call us out with a smile and make us more aware of what we can be doing.

First District Congressman David McKinley attended as well as former State Senator Mike Oliverio, Delegates Riley Keaton, and Laura Kimble. Wheeling/Charleston Diocese Bishop Mark E. Brennan gave the invocation, while Pastor Mike Allen of Horizons Church gave the benediction.

National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross gave a well received report on what’s happening in Congress. She also encouraged attendees to visit WVSpeaks.com to thank Senator Manchin for his continued support of the Hyde Amendment and the filibuster.

Disability Rights Advocate spoke to a full capacity crowd.

West Virginians for Life President Dr. Wanda Franz shared a story about Chloe Kondrich, who herself has Down syndrome. The 18-year-old Pittsburgh girl has met with the President, the Vice-President, sports figures, and musical artists.

Pro-life WVU students always give us hope for the future.

The “God’s Battlefield” project was shared with the crowd. There is only one abortion clinic left and it’s in Charleston. The chapter there has started this project to raise money to buy the property across from that clinic as 1) a memorial to the unborn who have died and 2) to cut down on the number of abortions performed at the clinic…perhaps even close it down. The amount needed is $199,000 before the end of this year (12/31/21). Donations have been coming in from around the country, $5500 coming from California alone. To give, visit wvforlife.org/godsbattlefield/ as much more is still needed.

Besides recognition of the veterans present, a duet by Trinity High School students Kyndel Kisner and Katrina Hyde, a memorial tribute to a local pro-life hero who recently passed away, and the traditional Silent Auction rounded out the outstanding evening that profited the Educational Trust Fund.

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