Birthright director to receive Holmsten Award - Catholic Courier

Birthright director to receive Holmsten Award

Joan K. Rohr, longtime executive director of Birthright of Rochester Inc., will be presented with the Leo Holmsten Human Life Award during a banquet on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 E. Main St., Rochester.

The annual event will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:45. Tickets are $50 per person, with tables of eight available. Reservations are due by Sept. 9. For details, call Dorothy at 585-342-4175 or Cathy at 585-381-4927; visit; or e-mail

As head of the local Birthright, Rohr oversees an organization that was founded at the former St. Mary’s Hospital in 1971 — three years after Birthright International was launched as the world’s first pregnancy-support organization. Birthright strives to provide alternatives to abortion by exhibiting nonjudgmental love and support to pregnant women.

The Holmsten Award is given by the Leo Holmsten Human Life Committee, a coalition of Catholic and other pro-life organizations. Its first recipient in 1997 was the late Dr. Leo Holmsten, a former abortion provider and Planned Parenthood medical director who eventually became an outspoken pro-life activist.

Other previous Holmsten Award recipients are: 1998 — David C. Hoselton; 1999 — Dr. Thomas R. and Jeanne D. Sweeney; 2000 — Father James E. Hewes; 2001 — Sen. Joseph E. Robach; 2002 — Dr. William R. Morehouse; 2003 — Carol and Richard Crossed; 2004 — Justice William P. Polito; 2005 — Geraldine Oftedahl; 2006 — Dr. Barbara and Jan Fredericks; 2007 — Jann Armantrout; and 2008 — the Rev. Duane R. Motley.

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