Benefit Gala "PRECIOUS – Du bist wertvoll"

The motto “Precious – Du bist wertvoll” is intended to express appreciation for all women, men, and families, especially those who have a very personal story on the subject of abortion that they have already dealt with or will deal with in the future. Not only they but their stories are also valuable for many other affected people.

SaveOne is committed to helping women, men and couples recover mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from the often serious consequences of an abortion. In the last 15 years, 5,000 women and men have experienced healing and a new beginning Europewide and 40,000 globally through SaveOne.

Appreciation also goes to those who, in the event of an unplanned pregnancy, sought offers of help and initiatives in order to find alternatives to abortion and were subsequently able to give life to their child.

Only together can we make those affected aware that they are not left alone. That we are there for each other to make it possible to say yes to the child. That in the future all unplanned children can find their place in our society.

Statement from Ass.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Machold (Austria)

“Abortion and its sometimes lifelong consequences are often covered under a veil of silence by society. The abortion industry’s claim that a post-traumatic stress disorder (= post abortion syndrome) caused by abortion doesn’t exist, does not change a woman’s suffering. Sweeping it under the carpet and suppressing it into the unconscious tempt women in unplanned pregnancies to seek a way out of their situation by having an abortion.

SaveOne doesn’t only show the way out of long lasting emotional and physical distress and into healing and forgiveness. It also brings the potential ripple effects of an abortion into the light and can save women in unplanned pregnancies to make a fatal wrong decision”.

Most important things at a glance

Saturday 25th May 2024

Dress Code: Formal / elegant

Location: The “Musensaal” in the Albertina at Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. Entry is through the main entrance on the 1st Floor. Lifts are available to all levels.

Barrier-free access: There is barrier-free access for those requiring it. Here you can find the floor plan showing the access routes.

Participating in the Benefit Gala

Admission for the evening is only possible by invitation from the hosts, as a maximum of 120 guests can be seated in the Musensaal. If you are interested in taking part in the Benefit Gala or have any questions about the event, please contact us by email at or by telephone at +43 (0) 660 144 50 76. Do you wish to be kept up to date about the charity gala, then please sign up to our newsletter.

Your Hosts

Chris and Sonja Horswell | SaveOne Europe Directors

As hosts of the evening, we cordially invite you to the Benefit Gala “Precious – Du bist wertvoll” to celebrate 15 years of SaveOne in Europe and we look forward to having you join us.

With top-class speakers, an excellent 3-course menu, honours, true life stories and reports, an auction and professional musical accompaniment by the ARS MUNDI string quartet, it will certainly be a special evening for every guest.

The proceeds from the evening will be used to develop a global app and the associated platform so that women and men seeking help who suffer from the consequences of an abortion can find professional support quickly and more simply.


A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daniela Karall

Paediatrics · Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine · Medical University of Innsbruck
Married, 2 children
Medical studies in Innsbruck, paediatrics training in Innsbruck
FWF scholarship 15 months in Melbourne Australia, 1999-2000
Specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine since 2001
Additional subject neonatology and paediatric intensive care medicine
Additional subject neuropaediatrics
Head of the Congenital Metabolic Disorders Division since 1996
Habilitation in Paediatrics 2004
Deputy Clinical Director of the Department of Paediatrics since 2017
President of the Austrian Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine since 2018

Guest of Honour

MMag.a Susanne Raab
Bundesministerin für Frauen, Familie, Integration und Medien im Bundeskanzleramt


MMag. Dr. Gudrun Kugler, Mts – Member of the Austrian Parliament

Gudrun Kugler studied law and theological studies on marriage and family. She has a doctorate in international law. She is currently a member of the Austrian Parliament for the Austrian People’s Party and her party’s spokesperson for human rights and displaced persons. In the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, she is deputy chair of the Migration Committee and rapporteur of the Committee on Economics, Science, Technology and Environment. She has published several books and was a visiting professor at the International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. In addition, Gudrun Kugler is the founder of the Observatory for Intolerance towards Christians. From 2001 to 2004 she worked as director of the World Youth Alliance – Europe in Brussels. Before her election to the Austrian Parliament in 2017, Kugler was a member of the Vienna State Parliament, to which she was elected by preferential voting and where she focused in particular on human rights, European affairs and the integration of refugees and migrants. Gudrun Kugler is married and has four children.

Main Speakers and other Guests

Sheila und Jack Harper (USA) 

Sheila Harper is the Founder and President of SaveOne global. After enduring seven years of personal anguish over choosing abortion, she found restoration and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. SaveOne is a global outreach ministry helping men, women, and families recover after abortion. SaveOne currently has nearly 400 chapters in 28 countries.

Jack Harper is the Vice President of SaveOne. Both are certified mental health coaches with the American Association of Christian Counsellors and book authors of several books. They have traveled the world speaking on the topic of abortion recovery as well as training abortion recovery leaders. They also planted Crossroads Church and pastored there for 11 years before now working together fulltime at SaveOne. They have two awesome sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. Jack and Sheila live in Nashville, TN.

Sonja und Chris Horswell

Sonja Horswell, a native of Upper Austria, is a visionary and pioneer at heart. She is a pastor, author and trained in business. She ran the ‘Austrian Life Movement’ Pregnancy Counselling Centre in Vienna for 15 years. Since 2008, as SaveOne Europe Director, she has been building up the SaveOne post-abortion recovery ministry for women and men in Europe.

Chris Horswell, English-born, is SaveOne Men’s Director since 2017 to be a voice for fatherhood and the sanctity of life in Europe. He is a retired engineer and newly ordained pastor. Together, they train leaders for this service and SaveOne is now represented in 15 European countries. They are married and have one adult son.

As film producers of the current documentary film “Let’s talk” about the topic of conflict pregnancy, they wanted to show where we currently stand in Austria on the topic of abortion and initiate social and political improvements for the young generation.

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Dr. Arleen Westerhof (NL)

Arleen Westerhof is the Lead Pastor of the God’s Embassy Church in Amsterdam together with her husband Dick. They planted the church in 2005 and since then, it has become a cutting-edge Apostolic Center. Arleen has a passion to see prophetic voices raised up in Europe and leads the Netherlands Prophetic Council. Arleen is also the Founder of the Economic Summit that aims to provide divinely inspired solutions for global economic problems. Her academic background (she has a Ph.D. in chemistry) and experience in the business world, Christian ministry, education, and consultancy have given her unique insights in how to bring change.

Anita Jovanović (HR)

Anita Jovanović is the Founder and Director of the Choose Life (Izaberi Život) NGO in Croatia since 2013. She is also SaveOne Networker for Croatia and LIFE International Liaison and Prayer Coordinator for the European Hub. Anita is passionate for life, prayer, worship and to see nations turn back to God. She is married and has 4 children, one biological and three fostered. Together with her husband Nikola they have served in prisons, to the Roma communities and many other places. Anita’s husband Nikola is passionate to help the oppressed, the fatherless and the widows.

Adina Wilcke (DE)

Adina Wilcke – the poet and educator from Vienna is a presenter, artist, speaker, organizer, and actress on European stages, in front of cameras and in recording studios. As movement and perception educator she organizes art and participation events (such as poetry slams, workshops, seminars) and leads the U20 Poetry Slam work in Vienna, which aims to promote young people in their creativity and identity. In 2018, she published “Jetzt mach mal die Klappe auf!” (Now open your mouth!) – the first pop-up poetry book in poetry slam. She also starred on cinema screens in Austria with the film “Lass Uns Reden”, in which she skillfully combined her poetry with acting in the leading role. In autumn 2022, as German Viennese and lay theologian she launched Campus WE – a transnational Women Empowerment project.

Mag.a Petra Plonner

Mag. Petra Plonner is the founder of the network of Christian educational institutions and pastor in the LIFE Church, a Pentecostal church in Leoben, Styria. She is deputy chairwoman of the “Österreichische Lebensbewegung”, a counselling institution for women in and after pregnancy conflicts. Petra is active in various socio-political areas, most recently very successfully with the citizens’ movement #fairändern. She sees it as her task to give a voice to those who have none or who find themselves in emergency situations. Petra is married to Helge, a theologian, musician, and entrepreneur. They have three grown-up children.

Ing. Markus Schinner

Markus Schinner has been a volunteer advocate of a pro-life culture in various areas since 2005. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Lebenskonferenz, a non-denominational and non-partisan network of pro-life organizations in Austria. In his role, he helps to bring the unifying elements and forces for a “yes” to life to bear for Austria and its people in joint co-operation with the individual participants, even under difficult circumstances.

Ruth Anna Premkumar

Ruth Anna Premkumar is Austrian with Indian Origins. She is an IT-Expert and Senior Project Manager.

Our Moderators for the Evening

Karissa Larson

Karissa Larson is an American who has been living in Austria for the past nine years. She is a trained teacher, was formally the communications manager at SaveOne Europe, and is part of the leadership in a local church in Vienna, Austria.

Mag.a Renate Bárány

Renate Bárány comes from Lower Austria and studied business education at the WU Vienna and English at the University of Vienna. She has been working for an international energy company in the business and project management sector for over 21 years. In her private life, she is involved in the free church sector as well as in social services and NGOs that support women in difficult life circumstances, for example with SaveOne and the NGO Hope for the Future.

Musical Accompaniment

A professional string quartet will accompany you through the evening with a mix from their classical repertoire (which will contribute significantly to our enjoyment of the evening).

ARS MUNDI String Quartet

Since the founding of the Ars Mundi String Quartet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 1995, its members have enjoyed the most sophisticated form of classical music playing as a string quartet.

The ensemble was honoured as the Music University’s nominee to participate at the International Music Students Festival in Kyoto, Japan, and was selected for funding by Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” foundation.

Following an old Viennese tradition of salon concerts, the ensemble focuses on works by composers of the “First Viennese School” such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, paired with representative popular Viennese classics by Lanner, Ziehrer, and members of the Strauss dynasty.

In addition to regular performances in their hometown of Vienna, where they were also featured in a performance at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Ars Mundi String Quartet’s performing career has also led them to other centres of music such as Salzburg and Munich.

All the musicians of the ensemble are actively engaged in touring and perform regularly on the stages of important musical centres in Europe, Asia, and the US.

Monika Schuhmayer

1st Violin

Karin Matricic

2nd Violin

Giorgia Veneziano


Ute Groh


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