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PPWNM Honors Marquette Volunteer with Martha Hatch Award

Published: 04.26.13| Updated: 04.26.13

MARQUETTE, Michigan Marquette local, Kathy Davis, will be honored at Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan’s (PPWNM) Seventh Annual Healthy Families Luncheon to be held at the Masonic Building on Thursday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Davis will receive the Martha Hatch award for her dedication to Planned Parenthood. She has been a volunteer for over 15 years and is a former board member.

“Our local volunteers are critical to the success of PPWNM,” said Jim Norton, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement. “Kathy has been an integral part of the Healthy Families Luncheon since its inception and a key player in localizing our volunteer fundraising efforts. We are honored to be able to recognize her with the Martha Hatch award at an event that she is so much a part of.”

The annual award is named for Red Cross nurse Martha Hatch, a contemporary of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. In the early 1900s, Hatch traveled the Upper Peninsula counseling women on birth control methods. Since birth control was illegal at the time, Hatch put her beliefs and concerns for other women before her own health and safety. She went on to serve the Marquette-Alger Planned Parenthood as a board member for many years. Hatch died in 1999 at age 100.

If you would like to attend the Healthy Families Luncheon fundraiser, please RSVP by April 29 to Jim at (906)-225-6733 ext 2930 or nortonj@ppwnm.org

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) provides sexual health care and sexuality education services, and advocates for access to these services for everyone. PPWNM, an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, operates health centers in eight Michigan cities — Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming — providing medical and education services to thousands of men, women, and teens each year. Log on, learn more: ppwnm.org.

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