AFF Pittsburgh hosted the first annual Pittsburgh Liberty Ball and Celebrity Roast on November 22nd with special guest Dr. Antony Davies. Over 50 Pittsburghers gathered to honor Dr. Davies and enjoyed a delicious dinner and comedy roast.
Dr. Davies’ daughter Erika Davies, colleague Dr. Matt Ryan, and colleague James Harrigan all joined in on the roast, pointing out that Dr. Davies’ has no idea how old his children are, and that his favorite pastime is going to McDonald’s for coffee and an economics discussion. Dr. Davies response is worth repeating as he hit on the very reason AFF Pittsburgh exists:
I’m used to being vilified, it’s actually more comforting than being honored because I know what people will say; “why do you hate the poor, who will build the roads?” . . . When you fight with fists your goal is to vanquish him [your enemy]. When you fight with words and ideas, the other guy is an ally that you just haven’t recruited yet. To win the battle of ideas, don’t look to defeat the people you disagree with– help them to recognize that you and they want the same thing; lives that are less crappy.
AFF Pittsburgh’s Liberty Ball raised more than $500, funds which will be used to reach more Pittsburgh young professionals with the ideas of liberty in 2014! A video of the celebrity roast is now live on AFF’s Youtube channel.
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Kathryn Shelton is the Director of Chapter Advancement for America’s Future Foundation.
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