The Family Leadership Summit in Review

The Family Leadership Summit in Review

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The Family Leadership Summit 2014 was a tremendous example of the passion and energy that exists within the Christian conservative movement!

28 speakers,

1200 attendees,

3 national partner organizations,

26 supporting sponsors and exhibitors,

60 volunteers,

9 hours,

100 media.

What an amazing day!

None of this would have been possible without your support and word-of-mouth advertising!

Media

We are thrilled with the media coverage of the Summit, here are just a smattering of the articles:

Des Moines Register: GOP politicos stoke conservatives

TIME: The Starting Gun Has Sounded in Iowa on 2016 Presidential Race

The Dallas Morning News: Christian conservatives look for candidate to rally around

The Iowa Republican: Cruz Shines Again at Family Leadership Summit

 

Video

We livestreamed the entire Summit, and you can watch the archived version for just $5! (Note: we had some internet connection problems during Rafael Cruz’s speech for a few minutes)

 

Photos

Here are some highlight photos from the Summit:

Turnout was terrific, and the energy was high!

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The stage looked awesome!

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Every attendee received a lanyard for the day – so we had stacks and stacks of them!

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Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed everyone, then changed into something more comfortable as they headed to the State Fair!

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In the entry area exhibitors set up their booths. During the breaks the exhibit area was a buzz of activity!

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The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO, Bob Vander Plaats, set the stage for the Summit, and introduced many of the speakers.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 115 (Side 115)-L

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, a partner organization along with Citizens United and The FAMiLY LEADER, also shared remarks about why Christians need to be involved in civics.

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Many attendees remarked that Senator Tim Scott was a real treat to hear. Many hadn’t heard of him, but were very impressed with what he had to say.

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Back by popular request, Pastor Rafael Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, gave a tremendous presentation.

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Here, author Joel Rosenberg pauses for a moment to pray backstage as he is being introduced by Bob Vander Plaats.

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Senator Rick Santorum challenged all in attendance to do more than just “pound the President.” Wise counsel, indeed.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 051 (Side 51)-L

It was exciting to hear Texas Rick Perry address the many issues our country faces, and the need for strong leadership.

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Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, who recently issued an executive order in his state to ban Common Core curriculum, addressed the need for better education.

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During the lunch break, folks stretched their legs and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside. Here, attendees put some grass under their feet!IMG_9681

Others shared some fun videos.

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Speaking of fun, the Benham brothers were hilarious!

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Speakers enjoy these events too – in the green room they meet each other and have some fun…

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Senator Tim Scott and Dr. Alveda King

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…umm, sometimes things get a little “carried away”…

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…and then get a “hare” out of control. (Do you see a recurring theme here?)The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 095 (Side 95)-L

But back to business. After the Summit, while attendees headed home, we held a “press avail” for Cruz, Huckabee, and Jindal. This was an opportunity for the press to ask the speakers questions they might have.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 068 (Side 68)-LIMG_9730

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Don’t forget to put August 15 on your calendar for next year!