Megan Cuilla, Community Organizer
1-866-904-7721 x8653

Published: 05.26.11| Updated: 05.26.11

YAKIMA - A group of Central Washington University (CWU) sociology students held a fundraiser last night at the Speakeasy Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Yakima. Proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) to be used for STD testing at the Ellensburg and Yakima health centers.


The six students sought to raise awareness about the ease of getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases. "Some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, have no symptom," said Kirsten Miller, a CWU senior who worked on the fundraiser. "It's important that people know their health status to control the spread of these preventable diseases, and we're happy to raise money to help."


Yakima County has the highest rate of chlamydia infections out of the 39 counties in Washington and ranks fourth for gonorrhea infections. Kittitas County is ranked 21st for chlamydia infections and 23rd for gonorrhea.


"We're honored and grateful these students took the initiative to raise this money," said Anna Franks, President & CEO of PPGWNI. "The funds raised help foster Planned Parenthood's mission to provide exceptional health care, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all."


For more information, please contact Megan Cuilla at 1-866-904-7721 x8653.


PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pasco, Pullman, Spokane (2 locations), Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, and Yakima as well as an express health center in Wapato. PPGWNI exists to provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit for more information.

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