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Supporters Meet Challenge to Help Women in Need

Published: 06.23.08| Updated: 06.23.08

PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — Women in our community are stepping up to help their sisters in need! Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is pleased to announce that we have met a $50,000 challenge from an anonymous donor to benefit our Sister! Act! campaign.

Sister! Act! is a grassroots fundraising initiative that was created by two supporters who took action in response to a devastating government funding cut to PPWNM in the fall of 2007. These two friends of PPWNM wanted to create a way for people to rally around the most vulnerable women in our 52-county region, allowing them to receive one year of reproductive health care services for free. A donation of just $150 will pay for:
• Comprehensive physical exam
• Cancer screening (breast and reproductive)
• Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
• Birth control methods

Since October hundreds of supporters throughout our region have donated to Sister!Act! The campaign has raised $101,805 toward a $200,000 fundraising goal in the first year. We are optimistic that PPWNM supporters will raise the final $99,000 by September 30, 2008.

“The government cut reduced our ability to provide vital reproductive health care and family planning services to women and men who otherwise have little to no access to such health care services or the ability to pay for them,” said Katherine Humphrey, PPWNM President/CEO, “This is particularly distressing since Planned Parenthood health centers like ours have become the safety net for an increasingly large portion of society – and our safety net now has some serious holes.”

Members of the community can get involved in a unique way coming up later this week. The Indigo Bandana Party will be held Saturday, June 28 from 1–4 p.m. at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, Michigan. The event will allow people to express their creativity, while helping to support women’s reproductive health care through PPWNM’s Sister! Act! campaign.

Guests will learn to tie dye bandanas using indigo ink and their own imaginative designs, for a donation of $25 for adults and $12.50 for those ages 7-17. There is no charge for children under age seven. Additional bandanas cost only $1.50 each.

The setting for the party is the grounds of the lovely Three Pines Studio at the intersection of Levering and State Roads in Cross Village. Party-goers may browse the arts-and-crafts-designed working studio and gallery, which features creations from more than 40 Emmet County artists. Musical entertainment provided by Dr. Goodhart’s Home Remedy, a bluegrass/folk band from the Petoskey area. Midway Munchies is providing lunch and Tom’s Mom’s Cookies and Symon’s General Store are donating desserts. The event will go on rain or shine.

To make reservations, contact PPWNM Regional Director of Development Leah Cole at 231.347.3710. Learn more about
the organizations involved at www.ppwnm.org and www.threepinesstudio.com.

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