2017 Gala for Life – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

2017 Gala for Life - Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Preparations are underway for Bella’s 16th annual benefit Gala for Life! This year’s event will feature a delicious banquet, an inspiring program, and an opportunity for attendees to offer their support of the ministry.

The Gala will take place on Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center (off I-90, Exit 14).

Additional plans for this year’s Gala program include an annual update, a testimony from a Bella client, and a keynote address from Rebecca Kiessling, a family law attorney, adoptee, and mother of five. Rebecca will share a powerful testimony of her own life story, “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless.”

Bella is currently seeking underwriters and table sponsors for the event.


Underwriters stand as the foundation of the fundraising process for the entire Gala for Life.

Your support as an underwriter, to cover the primary Gala expenses, provides assurance to those who attend the Gala that 100% of their pledges and donations will go directly to Bella’s mission. This type of assurance encourages far more generous giving at the Gala, which means that the underwriter’s investment in Bella Pregnancy Resource Center will be multiplied several times over.

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Your name or logo will appear on the Gala for Life promotional and event materials
  • Your banner will be displayed at the Gala for Life
  • You will receive an appreciation certificate
  • You will receive VIP seating at the Gala for Life
  • Your sponsorship gift is tax-deductible

However, the greatest benefit of sponsorship will be in the number of lives that will be impacted in the coming year as a result of your partnership with Bella.

Sponsorship Gift Levels

Visionary: $5,000 or more
Benefactor: $4,000
Samaritan: $3,000
Partner: $2,000
Friend: $1,000

Table Sponsorship

Table sponsors are the heart of the Gala for Life.

They are individuals, churches, businesses and corporations that partner with Bella to educate and impact not only the lives of Bella’s clients, but the lives of people they want to bless within the Northern Hills community.

Table sponsorship is just $350 $200*, which provides the table sponsor with tickets for eight for the Gala for Life. Table sponsors invite people they know to join them at the Gala for Life as their guests, so they can introduce them to the life-affirming ministry of Bella. The semi-formal event includes dinner, an inspirational message, information about Bella’s ministry, a client testimonial, and an opportunity for attendees to make a financial contribution to Bella.

Benefits of Sponsoring a Table

As a table sponsor, your sponsorship will be acknowledged in the Gala for Life program, the power-point presentation, and on your table. However, the greatest benefit of sponsorship will be in the number of lives that will be impacted in the coming year as a result of your partnership with Bella.

*Note: According to IRS guidelines, monies given for table sponsorship and tickets are not tax-deductible as these are classified as having received goods or services for the gifts.

Becoming an Underwriter or Table Sponsor is Easy!

To make an underwriting gift or sponsor your table online using your credit card, you can complete the secure order form on the event information page, or call Roxie or Amy at 605-642-4140. If you have any questions or would like more information about sponsorship, please let us know. Thank you in advance for considering partnership with Bella through one of these important avenues.

Sponsorship Deadlines

Underwriters: To have your name and logo appear in the promotional materials for the Gala, please let us know by Friday, August 16 if you would like to help underwrite the Gala for Life.

Table Sponsors: To assure your table reservation for the Gala, please let us know by Friday, September 22 if you would like to sponsor one or more tables for the Gala for Life.


Tickets are available for the Gala for Life at just $45 $25 each. They can be purchased through noon on Monday, October 9 by using the secure order form on the event information page, stopping by our office, or calling Bella at 605-642-4140. Your ticket will cover your admission to the Gala for Life, the banquet, and the program.

An opportunity to financially partner with Bella Pregnancy Resource Center will be extended.

Get your tickets now

Rebecca Kiessling – Special Guest Speaker

Rebecca KiesslingRebecca Kiessling is a Family Law attorney, adoptee, and mother of five. She delivers a powerful presentation of her own life story, “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless.”

Rebecca was adopted nearly from birth and throughout her life struggled with her value, identity, and purpose, as many adoptees do. These issues escalated when at age 18 Rebecca was devastated to learn that she was conceived out of a brutal rape at knifepoint by a serial rapist. Although Rebecca enjoyed a tearful reunion with her birth mother, a month later Rebecca faced another emotional setback when she was told that had abortions been legal in Michigan at the time she was in her mother’s womb, her birth mother would have aborted her. In fact, Rebecca was nearly aborted twice at the hands of back-alley abortionists.

Rebecca candidly shares her struggles and resulting blows to her self-esteem, as well as her abusive relationships, and her story concludes with a strong message of hope since she now understands that her value and identity are not established as a “product of rape” and that the rapist is not her creator, as some would have her believe.

As Rebecca has overcome childhood abuse and domestic violence, the pain of knowing that she was born as a result of a brutal rape, the knowledge that she was unwanted by her birth mother, and the fact that our nation is filled with people who agree that her birth mother had a right to abort her, Rebecca has now devoted herself to fighting for the rights of the innocent unborn and raising her five children to know their own value, identity, and purpose. Rebecca and her husband currently have two adopted sons and three biological daughters. Additionally, their adopted daughter Cassie was born in August of 2000, with a very serious genetic disorder and died in their arms at 33 days old. They have also lost two children due to miscarriage.

Rebecca travels throughout North America and Europe, sharing her story at pregnancy center banquets, right to life fundraisers and rallies, colleges, school assemblies, churches, youth events, women’s conferences, and attorney seminars. Her philosophy of abortion essay is ranked #1. She’s also testified before many state legislatures, encouraging them to vote 100% pro-life (without an exception for rape). Rebecca has also served on the board of a pregnancy resource center, and is on the advisory board of two local pregnancy resource centers.

Having been featured in the Citizens United film, “The Gift of Life with Governor Mike Huckabee,” Rebecca used her back-stage pass to the premiere of the film in 2011 to share her story with presidential candidate and Texas Governor, Rick Perry. After speaking with Rebecca, Governor Perry told the media that her story pierced his heart, and the next morning he signed a presidential pledge with no exceptions.

As a family law attorney, Rebecca has litigated numerous high-profile (pro bono) cases, fighting for women’s rights as well as the rights of unborn children. Rebecca has appeared on Fox’s Huckabee, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Talk Back Live, CBS News, CBN’s 700 Club, Catholic TV’s This is the Day, Canada’s 100 Huntley Street and EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Defending Life. Her story had been featured on the program Extra, in Glamour Magazine and in Marie Claire Magazine. She is the author of Heritage House’s pamphlet, “Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope,” and is the poster child for Feminists for Life’s ad, “Did I Deserve the Death Penalty?” She’s produced two DVDs – “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless” and “Except in Cases of Rape? 12 Stories of Survival.”