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    Not long after moving back to Southern California a few years ago, I went to my first Heroes of Conscience Dinner, and I was stunned at the quality of the event.  It was elegant, it was intellectually stimulating, and the honorees – Colonel Allen West, Dr. Leila Beckwith and Tammi Benjamin –  were heroes of my own.  We’ve all gotten used to the phrase “like-minded people” but in this case, it was an exceptional honor to be among this stellar group of people.  Since then I’ve been to countless other AFA events and to two other such dinners, and each time I’ve been struck by the caliber of AFA functions.

    This dinner – 6 to 10 PM on May 15th at the Luxe Hotel in Westwood –  will be of that same caliber, but of course, its purpose is different.  We are both looking to the past in our celebration of Avi, and to the future in our showcasing of what we, the new board, have planned for the future of AFA.  

    Honoring Avi, we have an outstanding roster of speakers, each associated with AFA and each having been a friend of Avi’s

    Trevor Loudon is an author and speaker, an AFA Fellow.  He also has a movie coming out later this summer based on his book, The Enemies Within.

    John Sullivan is a director and/or  producer of a number of films including Dinesh D’Souza’s “AMERICA: Imagine the World Without Her” and “2016: Obama’s America” and the upcoming Gosnell movie (made by last year’s Heroes of Conscience honorees) among others.  He is also an AFA Fellow.

    John Hancock is the author of Liberty Inherited and more recently, Liberty and Prosperity. He is also a radio host as well as an AFA Fellow and board member.  We’ll be having a Literary Cafe for his new book in the coming months.

    Barak Lurie is a past Hero of Conscience honoree, an attorney and a radio show host as well as an AFA Fellow.

    Guy Milliere is an author of 27 books and is a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.  He is also an AFA Fellow.

    Jesse Lee Peterson is a past Hero of Conscience honoree and is the founder/president ofBOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny).  He is also a radio host and the author of a new book The Antidote: Rebuilding the Manabout which we will also be holding a Literary Cafe in the coming months.

    Dr. James Enstrom is a professor at UCLA and last year’s Hero of Conscience honoree together with his wife Marta.  He is also on AFA’s Board of Directors.

    And to cap it all off, Larry Elder is our keynote speaker.

    Larry Elder is best known for his now-nationally syndicated radio show, The Larry Elder Show, where he “shines the bright light of reasoned analysis on many of the myths and hypocrisies apparent in our system of government, our society, and the media itself.” He is also a best-selling author and a lawyer, a frequent analyst and commentator on CNN and Fox, and has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. 

    And Evan Sayet, author of KinderGarden of Eden, will be our Master of Ceremonies.

    See what I mean about these being exceptional events?  And those who purchase VIP tickets will be able to meet our speakers at the VIP reception which begins at 5:30.  

    But as well as honoring the past of AFA, we also are turning to the future.  Along with our celebration of Avi comes our taking steps into the new chapter of this organization, building on his work and his vision, inspired by what he had done with the help of you, the  AFA community. We are eager to share our plans with you and anticipate that you’ll be as excited as we are to stride forward, confident in our purpose and the value of our work.  

    For more information, and to buy tickets to the dinner, click here.  

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Dr. Karen Siegemund

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