Keynote Speakers Announced for 2019 Good Counsel South Jersey Banquet

Posted by | July 26, 2019 | News | No Comments

Parents of teen girls harassed by PA State Representative to give Keynote at Good Counsel South Jersey Banquet

Good Counsel South Jersey invites you to the 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, September 26, 2019. We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for this year, Joe & Ashley Garecht.

standing up for Life, one Baby, one Mother, one Clinic at a Time

The Garecht family was recently thrust into the local and national news following an incident that occurred on Holy Thursday. Ashley, her two daughters, and a friend were praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Center City Philadelphia. While there, they were approached by a PA State Representative who yelled, harassed, and tried to intimidate them as they prayed. He later came back with his phone and posted a video on social media offering $100 for anyone who could identify Ashley and her daughters. Several weeks later, this video and the attempt to “dox” or publicly identify or publish private information about the prolife teens, went viral.

In response to this incident, Ashley’s husband Joe, a professional fundraising consultant, launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $125,000 to support the Pro-Life Union of Philadelphia, the sponsors of the sidewalk prayer team at that Planned Parenthood location. Additionally, national pro-life leaders Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, and Matt Walsh joined Ashley and Joe at a rally in front of the Clinic which was attended by over 1,000 pro-lifers. Ashley appeared on the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, local news and talk radio to discuss the confrontation, and also had op-eds published in USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Joe & Ashley Garecht live in the Philadelphia suburbs with their four children. Ashely, a former White House aide and graduate of Duke University, homeschools their children. Joe, a former Capitol Hill staffer and Rutgers University graduate, is a nationally known non-profit fundraising consultant and author.

Please join us on Thursday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Lucien’s Manor, 81 W White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009. The banquet promises to be an enjoyable evening celebrating life, love, and hope with our beautiful mothers & babies, faithful supporters, donors, staff, and volunteers. Be inspired by one mother’s own story of how she journeyed from pregnant and homeless to finding hope at the open door of our Good Counsel home.

To reserve your table for ten early – contact Michael Phelps via phone at 609-221-5603 or email at to answer any questions or provide additional information.

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