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Keynote Speaker: 

Shawn Carney | President & CEO of 40 Days for Life

Shawn began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time, he helped lead the first-ever local 40 Days for Life campaign. After graduating from college, Shawn was asked to serve as the executive director of the Coalition for Life, a local pro-life organization in Texas, made up of more than 60 churches. From its beginning, Shawn has been instrumental in growing 40 Days for Life nationally and then internationally.

Shawn is a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on hundreds of outlets, including Fox News, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Drudge Report, The Guardian, USA Today, and Christian media including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Sirius XM Catholic Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family.

Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced award-winning pro-life documentaries. Shawn co-authored the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done … Imagine What He Can Do and wrote the bestselling books The Beginning of the End of Abortion and To the Heart of the Matter. Shawn lives in Texas with his wife and eight children.


Senator Angela Paxton | Texas Senate District 8

Angela Paxton was elected to the Texas Senate in November of 2018 and represents Senate District 8 in Collin and Dallas counties. A secondary math teacher and school counselor for more than 20 years, she is the first educator elected to the Texas Senate in over two decades.
Senator Paxton is an adopted child and the first in her family to graduate from college. She is also a staunch defender of life with a strong pro-life record who recently sponsored HB 1280, the Human Life Protection Act, which passed in the 87th regular legislative session. Senator Paxton and her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have four grown children and one grandson.

Special Guest Speakers:

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick 

Dan Patrick was first elected Lt. Governor of Texas in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. A preeminent voice for principled conservative policies both in Texas and across the nation, Lt. Gov. Patrick is leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including securing the border, reducing property and business taxes, standing up for the Second Amendment, and addressing Texas’ infrastructure challenges to assure that our state continues to flourish economically.

Lt. Governor Patrick presided over what has been called the most conservative and productive sessions of the State Senate in Texas history. Focusing on strategies to keep Texas families and communities safe and the state economy strong, under his leadership, the Senate passed legislation to dramatically increase support for border security and reduced the franchise tax by 25% on a pathway to eliminating it altogether.

Lt. Governor Patrick has championed property tax relief over several legislative sessions and continued the education reforms he began as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, tackling the problems of failing schools and giving parents more choices for their children.

He initiated a faith-based collaboration across the state, resulting in hundreds of more families volunteering to provide foster care for children in the state system. He is an outspoken supporter of law enforcement and, among other things, initiated a program that ensures that every police officer on patrol in Texas has a bulletproof vest that is capable of withstanding a high-caliber rifle shot. He is an outspoken supporter of life and religious liberty.

Before he was elected Lt. Governor, he was twice elected to the Texas Senate representing part of Houston and Northwest Harris County. He is a successful small-business man and radio host, a former television anchor, sportscaster, musician, Christian author, and movie producer.

Lt. Governor Patrick is also involved in his community. He has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show. He wrote a Christian bestseller, “The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read,” and produced the awarding-winning Christian film, “The Heart of Texas.” He also helped establish the first prison seminary in Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry.

Lt. Governor Patrick has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 45 years. They are the proud parents of son Ryan and daughter Shane and the grandparents to six grandchildren.

Senator Donna Campbell | Texas Senate District 25

Senator Donna Campbell, M.D., is a board-certified emergency room physician and proud parent of four daughters. She lives in New Braunfels and represents Senate District 25, a six-county district that includes parts of San Antonio and Austin. She currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee. Campbell is a past recipient of TAL’s “Courageous Defense of Life Award.” Among her top pro-life accomplishments is the authorship and passage of Senate Bill 22 to defund Planned Parenthood at the state and local levels.

Representative Giovanne Capriglione | Texas House District 98

Giovanne Capriglione, elected in 2013, has represented District 98 in Tarrant Count for five terms. During which he has earned a 100% pro-life voting record. In 2021, Gio authored the Human Life Protect Act, HB 1280, to completely protect unborn babies from abortion beginning at conception when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. He also chaired the Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, which funded the successful Alternatives to Abortion program in the two-year budget. After receiving his BS in Physics, Gio pursued his MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University before working for a DFW-based venture capital/private equity firm. He is now the owner and president of his own small business, Texas Adventure Capital LLC, which provides business services to various investment fund managers and business owners. Gio has been married to his wife Elisa for 20 years and has three children.

Additional Speakers: 

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Dr. Joe Pojman | Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director

Dr. Pojman is the founder and executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, a non-partisan, non-sectarian, pro-life organization committed to protecting innocent human beings from conception until natural death. He has lobbied for pro-life issues in the state Capitol for more than 33 years, and under his and the TAL board’s direction, Texas Alliance for Life has helped bring into law many major pro-life bills, including the parental notice and consent laws, the Prenatal Protection (personhood) Act, the Woman’s Right to Know bill, the Sonogram Law, the Choose Life license plate bill, defunding Planned Parenthood, the 20-week ban and safety regulations in House Bill 2, protecting women from sex trafficking at abortion facilities, the Alternative to Abortion program, and many others.

You’ll be in good company! Last year numerous elected officials attended the Texas Alliance for Life Annual Benefit Dinner.

Our continued pro-life success depends on our Annual Benefit Dinner. 

Leadership Circle members receive a complimentary table for 10 as part of their membership. If you are reserving your complimentary table, be sure to tell us the names of your 10 dinner guests, including yourself. The deadline to reserve your table and submit your dinner guest list is Friday, September 24.  

Sustaining Members at the Champion ($50/month) and Advocate ($25/month) levels receive two complimentary seats.

We’ve put together some valuable information on filling your table, along with some shareable invites you can use to email or text an invite. Click here to read more! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Additionally, we offer sponsorship opportunities for your company! Would you mind reading all the ways we can partner together to support the cause of life and promote your business?

Online registration is now closed. RSVP requests or updates can be made in-person at the Annual Benefit Dinner registration area.

1. Platinum Table — $8,000

  • This table-level is complimentary with a Governor-level Leadership Circle membership.
  • Includes VIP reception,
  • Seating for 10,
  • Highest priority seating,
  • Valet,
  • Optional wine service.

2. Gold Table — $4000

  • This table-level is complimentary with a Lieutenant Governor level Leadership Circle membership.
  • Includes VIP reception,
  • Seating for 10,
  • Priority seating,
  • Valet,
  • Optional wine service.

3. Silver Table — $2000

  • This table-level is complimentary with a Senator-level Leadership Circle membership.
  • Includes VIP reception,
  • Seating for 10,
  • Priority seating,
  • Optional wine service.

4. Bronze Table — $1000

  • This table-level is complimentary with a Representative level Leadership Circle membership.
  • Includes two tickets for the VIP reception,
  • Seating for 10.

5. Individual Ticket — $100 

Dinner Detailsmap


Hilton Austin
500 E. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701


  • Valet — $25
  • Self-parking in the hotel garage — complimentary
  • Self-parking at the garage on 5th and Red River — $8
  • Parking on the street around the hotel is limited


  • 4:30 – 6:30 PM — Registration
  • 5:15 – 6:15 PM — VIP Reception
  • 6:30 – 8:30 PM — Dinner & Program

Questions? Please email us!
Or call 512.477.1244.