53rd Annual Leaders for Life Banquet

Friday, April 29th, 2022


Dennis Prager

Keynote Speaker


Dennis Prager is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and co-founder of the Internet phenomenon, PragerU.

A sought-after speaker and frequent cable news show guest, Dennis has lectured all over the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia. His best-selling books include Think a Second Time, Happiness is a Serious Problem and Still the Best Hope: Why American Values Must Triumph. He is currently in the middle of his five-volume commentary on the Bible. The first two volumes, Genesis: God, Creation and Destruction and Exodus: God, Slavery and Freedom have become New York Times best-sellers. The third volume, Deuteronomy, will be released in fall 2022. His newest book is The Rational Passover Hagaddah, March 2022.

In 2019 he co-starred with comedian Adam Carolla, in a highly praised documentary on college speech codes, No Safe Spaces.

His non-profit educational media venture, PragerU has become one of the most influential educational media sites in the world. In 2021 alone, PragerU had over 1.5 billion views on YouTube and Facebook. Over 60% of its viewers are under 35. In addition to Dennis, faculty members include Nikki Haley, Dinesh D’Souza, Kimberly Strassel, Candace Owens, Heather MacDonald, Mike Rowe, Jason Whitlock, Jordan Peterson, Robert George, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Niall Ferguson, Stephen Harper and Ben Shapiro among many others.


Carlisle Banquet Hall

435 E. Butterfield Road

Lombard, IL

Evening Agenda

Cocktail Hour: 6:00-7:00pm

VIP Reception (with Dennis Prager): 6:00-7:00pm

Dinner & Program: 7:00pm

Tickets are SOLD OUT!!

Ticket Pricing

Regular Ticket $125.00 

VIP Ticket $250.00 

Clergy/Student Ticket $75.00

Table of 10 $1,100.00 

*Ticket prices increase after April 15th

Dan Proft

Master of Ceremonies

A native of Oak Park, Dan Proft is a radio talk show host with AM 560 The Answer in Chicago where he co-hosts the morning drive show. He voices a political commentary, “Sixty Seconds of Sanity” on the Salem Radio Network.

He is also an attorney and a  former Republican candidate for Governor. He is also the co-founder of the Northwestern Chronicle, an independent campus newspaper.

Dan Proft attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He went on and joined Northwestern University where he graduated with a B.A. He later attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law and earned a Juris Doctor degree.

Dr. Shando Valdez


Dr. Shando Valdez was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Monterrey, Mexico. Shando has been senior pastor at New Jerusalem Baptist Church on the northwest side of Chicago since 1995. Widely considered a pastor of pastors, Shando is heavily involved in the community and in bringing encouragement to pastors. Shando is married to Lilliana, whom he met while doing ministry work in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Shando Valdez is also the host of the Total Living Network’s first Spanish-speaking ministry series HABLEMOS (Let’s Talk). HABLEMOS is a weekly, half-hour Spanish television program that tackles current

 issues of the day from a biblical perspective. Dr. Valdez brings on weekly guests to break down and analyze the issues our culture is facing and giving practical applications as to how viewers may navigate these issues.

Fr. Thomas Milota


Fr. Milota was ordained a Catholic priest on June 6, 1992 and has served the Diocese of Joliet for the last 29 years at various parishes including the Cathedral of Saint Raymond in Joliet, Saints Peter and Paul in Naperville, Sacred Heart in Lombard and is presently the pastor at Saint Petronille Parish in Glen Ellyn.  He has been a strong advocate for and defender of the sanctity of human life from conception to a natural death all of his life.  He was co-founder of Woman’s Choice Services and served for many years as the chaplain to Waterleaf Women’s Center in Aurora as well as Director of the Joliet Diocesan Respect Life Office.  He lived, studied and worked in Rome for 8 years including assisting Pope Saint John Paul at the altar numerous times.  In 2018, he took a leave of absence from active ministry to be the primary care giver for his mother until her death.  She gave him his first example of faith and hope and love which continues to encourage him in his ministry today.  He considers himself privileged to offer the prayer at today’s banquet as he is a strong advocate for the work of Illinois Right to Life.

Defender of Life Sponsor: $2,000


– 1 table (10 tickets total)

– 2 VIP ticket upgrades

– Name/logo on our website

– Name presented on Defender of Life slide

– Half-page ad on inside or back cover of ad book

Champion of Life Sponsor: $3,500


– 1 table (10 tickets total)

– 4 VIP ticket upgrades

– Name/logo on our website

– Name presented on Champions of Life Slide

– Full-page ad on inside or back cover of ad book

Leader for Life Sponsor: $5,500


– 2 tables (20 tickets)

– 10 VIP ticket upgrades

– Name/logo listed on second tier on our website

– Full-page ad on inside cover or back cover of ad book

– Name and logo displayed on screen at the event

Hero Sponsor: $8,000


– 2 tables (20 tickets)

– 10 VIP ticket upgrades

– Name/logo listed in first tier on our website

– Fulll page ad placed prominently in ad book

-Name and logo displayed on screen during event

– Two VIP tickets at head table with Dennis Prager and Illinois Right to Life leadership

If you’d like place an ad in our ad book, here are your advertising opportunities:

Archangels: $1,000

Angels: $500

Benefactors: $250

Sponsors: $100

Friends: $75

Inside Front/Rear Cover: $650

Full Page: $400

Half Page: $200

Quarter Page: $100

Eighth Page: $50

For more information please contact us at [email protected]

(tickets can also be donated to sponsor high school students to attend).

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Leaders for Life

Defenders of Life

Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus

Glenn Wilke