Although Family Heritage Alliance has fundraising events scattered throughout the year, the primary source of our income is our annual “Stand” banquet. The concept is a simple one. We bring together supporters and potential supporters from all around the area, drop in some notable elected officials and candidates, charge the room with faith and patriotism, then add a powerhouse keynote speaker, and step back and see what happens. This year was exceptional for a couple of reasons. First off, this is the first time in the history of the FHA that we have done back to back Stand banquets in Rapid City and Sioux Falls (no small feat—I assure you). Secondly, we shattered our attendance record (which wasn’t hard to do in Sioux Falls). Since the October 16 gala was the inaugural Sioux Falls Stand banquet, the 240 in attendance beat last year significantly. On October 14 In Rapid City, the standing room only Civic Center LaCroix hall saw 620 in attendance (up almost 100 from last year). The Sioux Falls event was held, thanks to the hospitality of Pastor Wade Mobley and his team, at Living Word Free Lutheran Church.
In Rapid City, Senator Rick Santorum keynoted the event, absolutely mesmerizing the crowd. In Sioux Falls, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins had the keynote honors. As a longtime friend of the FHA, Tony has never failed to ignite the crowd, and October 16 was no exception.
Our Executive Director, Dale Bartscher delivered a report on the FHA’s work at both events. Pastor / Representative Scott Craig emceed both events. The army of individuals responsible for these two massive undertakings would be too numerous to list. You know who you are, and more importantly, so does God! He gets all the glory! To all who worked the long hard hours to make Stand 2014 the stunning success it was, a heartfelt and sincere thank you!
See our Facebook page for additional pictures of the events. Video from both events should be up soon.