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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) today announced a major gift that will help fund a new, state-of-the-art health center in Southeast Portland. The Henry, Juliet and Summer Hillman Foundations have generously committed $1 million to create a safe and welcoming place for women, men and young people to receive expert and compassionate sexual and reproductive health care and education.

"This is a transformational gift," says PPCW Interim President & CEO Anne Udall. "Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is committed to providing patients with high-quality, confidential and nonjudgmental care. We're incredibly grateful to the compassionate and courageous donors who strive to ensure that patients have access to the reproductive health care they need."

The center will be named after Elsie Hilliard Hillman, mother and grandmother, respectively, of Portland philanthropists Henry Hillman Jr. and his daughters, Juliet and Summer. "Elsie," as she was known to everyone, was a beloved political and civic leader in Pittsburgh who passed away in 2015. She dedicated her life to promoting gender equity in politics and to investing in causes that help women, LGBT people and racial minorities. Henry's brother and sister are also generously supporting this project through their foundations, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation and William T. Hillman Foundation.

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest nonprofit provider of sexual and reproductive health care and youth education programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 55,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW's health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and healthcare services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, gynecological check-ups and Pap tests, breast exams, pregnancy testing and options information, and health counseling. For more information visit PPCW.org.