Monday, November 28, 2011
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Record-Breaking Christmas Auction Hosts 1,000 on 12/2

Event is the largest in local organization's 23-year history 




Right to Life of Central California, one of the largest pro-life groups in the country, will present its 23rd Annual Christmas Dinner and Auction this Friday, December 2nd. Held once again at the Ernest E. Valdez Hall at the Fresno Convention Center, this event is the largest Christmas party in Fresno and features one of the largest silent auctions in the nation with over 1200 items. 


This year's honorary chairperson is Reverend Monsignor Myron J. Cotta, the former Vicar General for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. Msgr. Cotta served in this position from 2002 until Bishop John Steinbock's death in December 2010. He was then selected by his fellow priests to serve as Diocesan Administrator until the Vatican appoints a new bishop. 


Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Franklin is a long time supporter of Right to Life of Central California. "The polls confirm that more and more people across the country identify themselves as pro-life," Franklin said. "Now is the time to support Right to Life's work in Central California as a testament to our valley's belief in the sanctity of all human life." 


This year's event is the largest in Right to Life's history. "We are humbled and amazed at the level of support from our friends in the San Joaquin Valley," said Jonathan Keller, Right to Life's Executive Director. "We are incredibly grateful and excited about our mission moving forward." 


Virginia Dalena, this year's auction chairman, is very thankful for all the amazing volunteers and 1,000 guests that will be attending the evening function, "Let it Shine!" People can find out more by visiting Right to Life's website at


Founded in 1987, Right to Life of Central California has grown to be one of the largest grassroots pro-life organizations in the United States. They primarily serve Fresno and Madera counties and extend their reach across the country through their weekly radio and television program "Life Report." Other outreaches include their "40 Days for Life" prayer vigil, educational displays at Fresno State and Fresno City college campuses, and a "Latinos4Life" Hispanic outreach. They will celebrate their 25th anniversary serving the community in February 2012. 


For more information, please call (559) 229-BABY (2229) or visit