The Margaret Hays Baum Award is presented to an individual in the Rochester community who exemplifies the traits "Miggie" displayed throughout her long relationship with Planned Parenthood - leadership, community spirit, energy, dedication and perseverance. Volunteers, staff and community members providing outstanding service to, or a major achievement on behalf of Planned Parenthood are eligible.
The Catharine Rowntree Advocacy award is presented to an individual in the Rochester community who furthers PPRSR goals through public policy. Catharine knew that the political process is the key to social change and with her unfailing graciousness, tenacity and dedication advocated for women’s health rights. She and Miggie Baum worked to start a Monroe County pro-choice political action committee in the early 1980s. The PAC they started issued an annual voter guide and financially supported pro-choice candidates long before other state and national organizations were doing so. This group evolved into our local Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York (PPANY). Catharine was on the PPANY Board of Directors since its inception in 1990 and was one of its strongest supporters.
Ellen Fairchild provided outstanding leadership to Planned Parenthood in Syracuse while she served as Executive Director from 1966-1978. Ellen had the vision and commitment to move the Syracuse clinic beyond offering contraception to include innovative sex education, abortion service and voluntary female and male sterilization. Hours after New York legalized abortion in 1970, she opened the nation’s first legal abortion clinic at the East Genesee Street location. The Ellen Fairchild Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the traits Ellen Fairchild displayed throughout her long relationship with Planned Parenthood—leadership, community spirit, energy, dedication, and perseverance. Volunteers, staff and community members providing outstanding service to, or a major achievement on behalf of Planned Parenthood are eligible.
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