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News for November 2011
Director's Report for November 2011
Although the gala gathering was a lively event, you could hear a pin drop when Dr. Levatino described performing a second-trimester abortion. He had many in tears as he detailed how babies in utero are ripped apart limb by limb by limb to end their lives. As hard as it was to hear, it made me more resolved than ever to help women in crisis pregnancy choose life over barbaric death for their own flesh and blood.
I want to thank all of you, and I hope to do so personally, for your generous support of COLFS and for your resolve to win the battle against the abortion agenda. Your enthusiasm and encouragement mean much to the Board of Directors, Drs. Delgado and Saroki, the COLFS staff, and me. You are clearly dedicated to our mission, and you see the value of donating your hard-earned money to help others in need.
If you were unable to attend the gala, or we were sold out before you had an opportunity to register, you will have another chance next year. Until then, please consider a gift to COLFS, which is as simple as logging onto our website, www.colfs.org. While there, take a look at our crisis pregnancy outreach site, www.PregnantAndScared.me.
If you are unable to give at this time, let your medical insurance company support COLFS for you. Our very skilled and loving family physicians are able to offer top-notch health care for your entire family. Selecting our office as your primary care physician helps support the COLFS mission.
May God bless you all abundantly as we head into our Advent season in preparation to celebrate the greatest birth in history. Please keep COLFS and the women to whom we minister in your prayers.
Crisis Pregnancy Patients Attend Gala
"It was a pleasure to attend the COLFS gala. My husband and I had a wonderful time. Kudos to all the people who worked hard to make the event possible.
Debbie (Bradel, Crisis Pregnancy Counselor) is such a sweet person, and I appreciate all that she’s done for us. She is amazing, and God placed her where she is to bring people closer to heaven. Thank you for inviting me to be acknowledged—it was really nice. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any help to anyone in the same situation that we had.”
Debbie Bradel and Cris
Philip Rivers presents his autographed memorabilia auction item
Honorary Chairpersons Terry and Barbara Caster
View more 2011 Gala pics in the COLFS photo gallery.
COLFS Gala Draws Big Crowd
Dr. George Delgado, medical director at COLFS, proclaimed the event as “educational, motivating and inspiring” for the pro-life community.
With former professional baseball player Terrence Kennedy as master of ceremonies for the evening, speakers for the aptly themed “Pro-Life is Good” gala included California state senator Joel Anderson and Dr. Anthony Levatino, OB/GYN and former abortionist.
Dr. Levatino spoke about performing 1,200 abortions in his career, with a specialty in second-trimester abortions. The tragic death of his young daughter placed him on a long journey of conversion to pro-life speaker. He emphasized that the majority of abortion-intent mothers who see their babies on an ultrasound screen opt not to abort, with an even higher percentage of fathers choosing life after viewing a sonogram.
In addition to a call for donations of $100 to pay for an ultrasound for a crisis pregnancy patient, the special appeal for the evening was to fund an obstetrician for the COLFS medical group and to raise enough money to open the practice on Saturdays, which is the most popular day of the week for ending babies’ lives.
As the live auction gripped the attention of the enthusiastic crowd, friendly bidding wars took place for items such as a beautiful handmade chest and dinner with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife, Tiffany. Mr. Rivers personally appeared to support his dinner auction item—of which two were sold for $17,000 each—and his autographed memorabilia.
Elaborating about his involvement with the event, Philip Rivers explains, “It was great to be a part of the COLFS Gala. The passion for life and preserving it from conception to natural death was vibrant and evident from all who attended. COLFS is a great organization.”
Other popular auction items were dinner for up to 10 guests with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone and a children’s baseball clinic with five-time major league all-star Mike Sweeney.
In addition, individual pledges as high as $50,000 proved that San Diego pro-life supporters of the COLFS ministry are willing to sacrifice to prevent the loss of innocent lives.
The evening ended with the presentation of the Sue Lopez Memorial Pro-Life Person of the Year award. Honorary Chairpersons Terrence “Terry” and Barbara Caster, owners of A-1 Storage, were proud to name Deacon Ken and Marie Finn as the recipients of the award. In addition to co-founding COLFS and providing spiritual counseling, they work tirelessly promoting the truths of the faith and pro-life to the greater San Diego community and beyond.
Terry Caster echoed the sentiment of many who attended, “Barbara and I are honored to be a part of the COLFS 2011 Gala and Auction. We are pleased to be in support of this outstanding organization and will continue to share about COLFS with our friends and pray for its growth and positive impact for life.”
COLFS will continue to update its supporters and area Catholics about upcoming events throughout the year. Executive Director Scott Maxwell emphasizes, “We are so blessed to have the support of many in San Diego and to have pro-life family practice doctors who hold true to the belief that life starts at conception and does not end until natural death!”
Sue Lopez Memorial Pro-Life Persons of the Year
We have placed our plaque in the Escondido office where another giant in the pro- life movement, the late Dr. Arthur Stehly, gave us part of his building to have NFP classes many years ago when we began our holistic outreach through the pro-life arm of St. Dismas Guild.
We follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE, for he came to set us free. Our life has been blessed through the love we have received from Dr. George Delgado and Liz; Dr. Karen Saroki; Dr. Nick Jauregui and Marya; the late Dr. Arthur Stehly and his beautiful wife Georgianne, who is still bringing life to those around her; and all the staff, board members, and others who stand for life.
The success of COLFS has come about through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Remedy, to whom we pray nightly for her intercession. We ask you to unite with us in praying for the conversion of Dr. George Kung, the local abortionist in North County. God wishes none to perish, but all to be brought to life. If you put Christ first in your life, as the Spiritual arm of COLFS has done, the money will follow, and that is what has happened.
Thank you again for the honor of receiving this award.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Deacon Ken & Marie
COLFS Adds New Advisory Council Members
Philip Rivers and Family Supports COLFS!
Last year, Tiffany and I were privileged to serve as Honorary Chairpersons for the COLFS first Pro-Life is Good Gala. After witnessing the blessings and fruits of the event, we could not help but participate again this year.
Philip and Tiffany Rivers
Director of Programs and Public Relations
Fighting the Good Fight to Save Lives
The number she called miraculously turned out to be COLFS’ number, and my name happened to be the same as the first practitioner. D thought she was talking to the practitioner who injured her instead of me!
I asked her to come in right away, and she became confused when I gave her our address, as it wasn’t the one where she had visited two days before. Thanks be to God, she came anyway! I met her outside on 4th Avenue because she was looking for the name of the other office. When I greeted her with a hug, she said, “Oh my goodness, you are not the lady who started my abortion. I think something is happening that is going to be different than what I was planning. You don’t do abortions here, do you?”
I said, “No, we offer hope and support to choose life. Why don’t you come upstairs and have a sonogram?” D was thrilled to find that Dr. Saroki was the exact opposite of the other medical provider. Smiles flowed when D saw her baby on the screen. She was immediately overwhelmed with awe and moved to call the baby hers. It was such a joy for her to pick out a baby basket. In fact, she offered to come in with friends on their day off to help us make more baskets. This is a story of hope and love, which is what COLFS is all about.
Laurie came to COLFS after another medical provider recommended an abortion because her baby had abnormalities. She brought her sonogram pictures with her, and Dr. Delgado confirmed that the baby’s condition was not compatible with life. He patiently and compassionately explained Catholic teaching and professionally answered every question that Laurie had.
After speaking with Dr. Delgado, Laurie was at peace with carrying her baby to term. The baby died in utero in July, three months early. Due to Dr. Delgado’s medical and ethical advice, baby Marie had a dignified birth, and Laurie and her husband were blessed with the kind of delivery that brought forth deep love for God and for each other.
COLFS is Enshrined by Saint's Daughter
During the beautiful ceremony, Dr. Saroki read and signed the Catholic Hippocratic oath, and Gianna Emmanuela spoke briefly about her "St. Mama." In addition, an image of St. Gianna and a second-class relic, blessed by board member Fr. Rich Perozich, were permanently enshrined in the COLFS' waiting room. Prayer cards are now available for patients who would like to rpay to St. Gianna for their health.
Executive Director Scott Maxwell explains, "To have our medical practice dedicated to and protected by St. Gianna is a tremendous blessing and honor to COLFS and its patients. The story of St. Gianna and her sacrifice to give life to her child, Gianna Emmanuela, is something we promote every day to our crisis pregnancy patients, who are receiving pressure to terminate the pregnancy and a life."
COLFS is dedicated to preserving life and giving women the resources and counseling necessary to make the right choice for their baby and themselves. Culture of Life Family Services operates a 100% pro-life medical practice in Hillcrest and Escondido. Please visit our Hillcrest office to see the plaque and receive a pamphlet of St. Gianna.
First Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event
Dr. Karen Saroki told the crowd how she was led to become a pro-life family practice physician directly after completing her medical training. She credits her “Mama Mary” and her own mother, Faiza, for the choice of her vocation.
Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel spoke of how they will work together to encourage women in a crisis pregnancy to call COLFS by advertising the organization’s benefits on a wider scale.
We look forward to our next annual tea and hope to include many who were not able to attend due to the overwhelming response that quickly filled the venue.
Scott Maxwell promises, “Next year, we will anticipate a larger crowd and make accommodations to comfortably gather more women in support of what we do at COLFS and in the surrounding communities. We underestimated the enthusiasm of those in San Diego County and beyond who are serious about ending abortion and helping those in crisis pregnancies.”
Watch for more information about the Second Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event in 2012.
Take a Look At What’s New
Our new logo, along with subdued tones of green and orange, has been incorporated in a variety of marketing materials. A banner has been developed for events, such as this year’s Catholic Family Conference, and other places where our pro-life booth stands. Display items, like brochures and rack cards, also help to spread the word about COLFS.
In addition, marketing materials have been developed to give to women at risk of crisis pregnancy or who find themselves experiencing one. Business cards are handed out regularly by Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator Debbie Bradel to inform women that an option besides death exists for all who find themselves in need.
With more funding from generous donors, it is our hope to target colleges, where abortion services are heavily marketed and offered directly on campus. Our wish list also includes bus advertisements and billboards.
Health Matters On Catholic Radio
Introducing Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel
“I’m thrilled to be a part of COLFS, and I look forward to meeting every patient and supporter of this vital ministry! My goals are to increase awareness of our pregnancy resources and to ask for your support and prayers.” Scott possesses recognition in the local and far-reaching Catholic communities. This will be an asset to COLFS and, consequently, a benefit to the ministry of the women who walk through the organization’s door looking for the choice of life for their unborn children.
Saving lives through outreach and calls to our crisis pregnancy hotline, Debbie Bradel, RN graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Prior to taking on the Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator position at COLFS, Debbie spent six years praying in front of abortion clinics and performing sidewalk counseling on Saturday mornings.
In addition, her medical background is an asset to our organization and the women in need. Debbie’s experience as a nurse encompasses assignments in the emergency room, cardiac care, hospice, research, home health and public health nursing. While she has enjoyed all aspects of her vocation, Debbie explains, “My favorite way to help people is to save their babies from abortion.”
COLFS is the perfect ministry for Debbie to perform her favorite type of nursing. When a call comes in, she prays that the Holy Spirit will give her the right words to help the scared mom develop the courage to come in for a sonogram. In addition, Debbie’s experience in public health has given her knowledge of the community resources that pregnant women need to support them in their pregnancies.
Another aspect of Debbie’s job is to coordinate Baby Bottle Drives with parishes and schools. “The baby bottles serve as a reminder of how precious and innocent these babies are.” Debbie continues, “This campaign is both an awareness and a fundraiser to help save lives and allows the parishioner to play a huge role in our ministry by filling the bottles with change, bills or checks—money they saved by sacrificing and not buying a meal or coffee that day.”
Please welcome both Scott and Debbie to our COLFS family!
Fighting the Good Fight to Save Lives
She is on a waiting list for a program that subsidizes apartments for single moms and their babies. It also provides mentoring and parenting classes until the baby is 2 years old. By then, this young mom, whose life was in trouble until being helped by COLFS and those who support us, hopes to be employed as a chef so she can parent her son responsibly. Praise God for orchestrating a lovely symphony of hearts and hands that came together and saved an unborn baby and his precious mom.
Six months pregnant, Hope came as a refugee from Ethiopia. She was referred to COLFS by her friend, Martha, who was a crisis pregnancy patient of Dr. Delgado’s last year. Martha remembered how loving the COLFS staff was to her in time of great need, so she asked us if she could bring Hope over to the Hillcrest office for a baby basket.
When they arrived, Hope’s eyes lit up and her smile expressed her appreciation as she opened her arms to receive a basket full of baby items: onesies, socks, a blanket, shampoo, a baby book, diapers, wipes—just about everything she would need for the nursery.
I explained that Christian people donate items to COLFS so that we can help people in need; and it was our pleasure to be of service. I also provided both ladies with phone numbers for low-income housing assistance and job possibilities.