PPWNM Announces Standing Tall Special Fundraising Campaign

Published: 09.20.12| Updated: 09.20.12

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is publicly announcing a $3 million special fundraising campaign Standing Tall after securing $2.5 million in lead donations.

"We have had many generous community leaders step forward in this campaign. Now, we are reaching out to our broader base of supporters, and the community as a whole, to help fund major improvements at our health centers throughout the region," said PPWNM President/CEO Katherine Humphrey.

Funds from the Standing Tall special campaign will be used specifically for: advancements in information technology, health center renovations and expansions, and growth of the endowment fund. The campaign is in addition to the $1.1 million PPWNM raises annually to fund ongoing operations.

"The name Standing Tall symbolizes pride, courage, and strength traits I see every day in the thousands of donors who stand up for the clients we serve and the programs we offer," said Humphrey.

Planning for the Standing Tall campaign began in 2011, and the quiet phase was kicked off in July 2012, "Thanks to the overwhelming response of some of our most loyal contributors, we are on track to hit our original goal with this campaign and we will work to exceed that goal to better meet community needs now and into the future," Humphrey said.

As part of the campaign, PPWNM is announcing the renaming its Ionia Health Center to the Lemmen Health Center in honor of a leadership gift from Harvey Lemmen, originally of Ionia.

"I am pleased to be a part of the Standing Tall campaign because I have seen firsthand how important access to family planning services and education are in my own community," said Lemmen. "I am touched and honored that the Planned Parenthood in Ionia will now bear the Lemmen family name."

PPWNM is also announcing the renaming of its Traverse City Health Center to the Karen Christensen Walker Health Center in honor of a leadership gift from Edward C. and Karen C. Walker and family, of Traverse City.

"My husband and I, and indeed our whole family, are so proud of PPWNM and being part of the Standing Tall campaign. Access to family planning, birth control, and sexual health care remains a struggle for so many  our goal is to eliminate as many barriers as possible for people seeking professional, personal, affordable care," said Karen Walker. She added, "Through the Standing Tall campaign, we can ensure that PPWNM health centers will be here for the people of Northern Michigan, no matter what. I'm honored that the name Karen Christensen Walker will now be synonymous with the highest degree of health care in Traverse City."

The Rev. Doug VanDoren, pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Grand Rapids, is serving as co-chair of the campaign, "Planned Parenthood would not be able to provide its vital services in our communities without the two-thousand donors who contribute to its annual fund every year. We are asking those supporters to consider a special, additional gift right now, to help Planned Parenthood make improvements that are necessary to meet the growing need for quality, affordable health care," said VanDoren. 

Standing Tall's other campaign co-chair, Betsy Calcutt, is a longtime supporter and former board member for Planned Parenthood in Traverse City, "PPWNM ensures that women can receive essential health care services, no matter their income or circumstance. In addition to our loyal supporters, we hope that people who have never been involved with Planned Parenthood before will consider 'Standing Tall' with us at this critical time as well." 

Those wishing to donate to the Standing Tall campaign should contact the PPWNM development department by phone at (616) 774-7005 or by e-mail at


Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides sexual health care and sexuality education services, with locations in eight Michigan cities. Learn more at

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