20 years ago, backyard barbecue of friends conceived Vitae

Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders deliver the hosts' comments prior to the The Vitae Caring Foundation's 16th Annual Pro-life Benefit Dinner at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.

Don and Ruth Ann Schnieders deliver the hosts' comments prior to the The Vitae Caring Foundation's 16th Annual Pro-life Benefit Dinner at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Photo by Julie Smith.

The venue, menu and speakers have evolved as enthusiastic community support has grown for the Vitae Foundation.

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On March 19, the Capitol Plaza Hotel will host the largest event of its year, when Vitae celebrates its two-decade anniversary with national speaker Abby Johnson, who was once the director of the fourth largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country.

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