AWC Gala Speakers
Established in 1994, Allied Women's Center (AWC) hosted its first its annual fundraising gala in 2010, and continues to do so every Fall in San Antonio, TX. Our first "virtual" gala was on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, and featured prominent statesman and pro-life advocate Dr. Alan Keyes.
For our 2021 Gala, due to the global pandemic we are unsure ~ at this time ~ if the event again will be virtual or held in person at a banquet hall. Details will be provided in Fall 2021 about this issue.
Each of Allied's popular galas each draw upwards of 500 friends of the Center, and are responsible for covering about 95% of our annual operating expenses. Over the years, AWC has been fortunate enough to have nationally and globally known pro-life speakers show up to give inspiring talks to our pro-life community members.
Click on each photo, below, to find out more about some of those outstanding pro-life warriors who dedicate their lives to defending Life, saving pre-born babies, and defeating the darkness of abortion.
Dr. Alan Keyes
Virtual Gala 2020 Keynote Speaker
2019 Gala keynote speaker Lila Rose is the founder and president of Live Action, one of the leading national pro-life and human rights organizations in America. It is dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects and defends life.
2018 Gala keynote speaker Star Parker is one of the names on the short list of America's genuine national black conservative leaders. She is the founder/president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a non-profit think tank based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to fight poverty and restore dignity through the messages of faith, freedom, and personal responsibility.
2017 Gala keynote speaker Richard Thompson, Esq., is President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center. Its group of lawyers defend and promote the religious liberty of Christians, time-honored family values, the sanctity of human life, a strong national defense, and an independent and sovereign United States.
2016 Gala keynote speaker Jason Jones was the producer of the famous pro-life movie Bella. It successfully changed hardened hearts and minds globally and saved countless babies from abortion.
2015 Gala keynote speaker Rebecca Keissling is a well-known pro-life speaker, attorney, author and activist who was conceived in rape. Texas Gov. Rick Perry once stated that Rebecca changed his heart on the "rape exception" for abortion. Gala was held feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who put an end to the bloody human sacrifice of the Aztecs and converted 10 million natives over the next 10 years after her earthly appearance.
2014 Gala keynote speaker Carol Everett, a former abortion clinic owner, is one of America's staunchiest pro-life activists. Her metamorphosis from a hardened pro-choicer to a loving pro-life advocate is detailed in the book "Blood Money: Getting Rich off a Woman’s Right to Choose. " Her ministry also has released two videos, “The Light of Life” and “Abortion Techniques.”
2013 Gala speaker Barbar McGuigan has been the host of "The Good Fight," produced by Ave Maria Radio, and host of EWTN’s "Open Line Tuesday Edition" for over a decade. Barbara is one of the foremost pro-life, pro-chastity speakers and educators in the English-speaking world. She founded Voice of Virtue International in 2001 which delivers the message of the sacredness of life and the importance of virtuous living to countless teens in high schools, youth groups, retreats, etc.
2012 Gala keynote speaker Teresa Tomeo is host of "Catholic Connection," co-production of Ave Maria Radio and EWTN; broadcast on over 500 radio stations globally. She also is a pro-life motivational speaker and author with other 30 years of TV, radio and newspaper experience.