Defenders Dinner

Defenders Dinner

Event Information

Friday, May 1, 2020
6:15 - 9:00 PM

Alpha Center is hosting the Defenders Dinner on Friday, May 1 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Over 1,200 people are expected to attend and there will be an opportunity to make a financial faith investment in the ministry. Dinner is complimentary and because seating is limited, registration is required. Adults only, please.

Featured Speaker: Melissa Ohden


In 1977, Melissa survived a failed saline infusion abortion. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa's future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master's Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and child welfare. In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). Since ASN's inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 250 abortion survivors. She has testified before the United States House of Representatives and Senate and the Australian Parliament. She is the author of You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir, which was released in January 2017. Melissa, her husband and their two daughters live in Kansas City, Missouri.

Melissa spoke at Alpha Center's 2016 Liberty Dinner and much has transpired in her life since then. We are thrilled to have her back to share the rest of the story.