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PPWNM Presents 2010 Martha Hatch Award

Published: 05.07.10| Updated: 05.07.10

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — Nearly 100 supporters came out for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan's (PPWNM) annual Healthy Families Luncheon at Upfront & Company in Marquette on May 7. For the second year in a row, the luncheon raised more than $10,000 to support healthy families in Planned Parenthood’s service region! 

At the event, the agency's annual Martha Hatch Award was presented to lifelong Marquette resident Diane Valenzio, NP, who retired from PPWNM last year after more than 30 years of service. “I am humbled by this honor and grateful to be a part of an organization that has made such a difference in the lives of people in Marquette,” said Valenzio, "I pride myself in the fact that I have prevented hundreds of unintended pregnancies a month over the years by providing, and teaching people about, birth control." 

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 that was illegal at the time, Hatch put her 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 and died in 1999 at age 100.

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides reproductive health care and sexuality education services with locations in eight Michigan cities. Learn more at www.ppwnm.org.

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