Cecile Comes To Charlottesville

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, addressed our donors and supporters in Charlottesville with all the energy and flair that we have come to expect from her.

     The September 21 fundraising luncheon was held at the Farmington Country Club to accommodate the large and enthusiastic crowd.

     Cecile began her remarks by paying tribute to the tireless efforts of local volunteers, such as Dr. Jim Turner and his wife, Alice.  She offered praise to Planned Parenthood Health Systems (PPHS) and the leadership of our President/CEO, Walter Klausmeier.  She cited our affiliate’s 10% growth in patient visits and noted that our affiliate posted a 100% increase in STD-testing during Planned Parenthood’s “Get Yourself Tested” Campaign – more than any other affiliate in the nation.


 Dr. Jim Turner and Amanda Megargel.  Cecile honored Jim
as a Board member, donor, advocate, fundraiser, physician and friend.

     Yet, most of her remarks focused on positive and progressive change by and for women – young and old, both here and across the globe.  Health care reform is the latest opportunity for change.  Cecile indicated that health care reform legislation could serve to either advance medical care for women or else place it in further jeopardy.             

     Cecile was adamant that women can’t be worse off after health care reform than before.  She went on to describe the vast efforts of Planned Parenthood to ensure that all women will be able to get full reproductive health care from their provider of choice.

     Following her presentation, Cecile had time to speak with our long-standing supporters and to meet with local staff.  Cecile also toured our Charlottesville Reproductive Health and Education Center where the ideals she espoused are carried forth each day.

 


Walt and Cecile with Charlottesville Board members Elizabeth Muse (left) and Al Stricker and Elizabeth Hacking (right).


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