TORONTO — The 13th annual St. John the Evangelist parish pro-life dinner/dance is set for Friday, April 17, 1998.  The popular spring fund-raisers have become an important annual event in support of Campaign Life Coalition.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Rebecca Pontiso, founder of Mary Mother of God School in Parkdale (downtown Toronto).

Rebecca, a graduate of St. Joseph’s College School, will speak on the subject, “Educating Children in Today’s World.”

Previous speakers at the St. John the Evangelist dinner/dance have included pro-life prisoner of conscience Linda Gibbons, who attended the 1996 event. Linda had been released from prison the very day of the dance and chose to spend part of the evening with supporters.

Other highlights of the dinner/dance include catering by Johnny’s Country Kitchen. As well, organizers have lined up Peter Green to provide DJ services for the dance portion of the evening. Green is offering his services free of charge.

The dinner/dance has been described as “a good occasion to welcome spring and to once again stand up and show support for the life and work of Campaign Life Coalition.”

While the evening is meant to be festive, it is always important to keep in mind the unborn child threatened by abortion.

Organizers point to a recent comment by Father Paul Marx, founder of Human Life International, who said, “Last week, here in Canada, close to 2,000 children died by abortions — and most people never even noticed.”

St. John’s is located at 49 George St. (Weston Rd. and Lawrence area). Tickets are $25. Door prizes and a 50/50 draw are available.

For information, call Campaign Life Coalition at (416) 368-8479 or Bill Mullally, (416) 241-6492.