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Athens Annual Champagne Affaire 

Saddle Up for Reproductive Rights 

Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. | Stuart's Opera House 

For over 30 years, the Athens community has gathered in support of Planned Parenthood at the Annual Champagne Affaire. Now that we've successfully enshrined reproductive rights in the Ohio constitution, it's time to Saddle Up for Reproductive Rights and say, “Happy trails and goodbye to reproductive care bans!” Let's celebrate the trailblazers who got us to this point and the exciting opportunities that the future now holds. The evening will include free-flowing champagne, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. Dressing to the Western theme is encouraged so grab your best wide-brim hat and boots and we'll see ya' there, pardner.

Cowboy hat graphic with text that reads: "Saddle Up for Reproductive Rights, an Annual Champagne Affaire"

The Annual Champagne Affaire is an Athens Community Tradition

Guests enjoying the photobooth and dressed to the jazzy theme at our 2016 Champagne Affaire.

Jazz & Champagne, 2016

Guests enjoying the photobooth and dressed to the jazzy theme at our 2016 Annual Champagne Affaire.

Guests with past President and CEO, Iris Harvey, dressed to the golden age of Hollywood theme at our 2019 Annual Champagne Affaire.

Golden Hollywood & Champagne, 2018

Guests with past President and CEO, Iris Harvey, dressed to the golden age of Hollywood theme at our 2019 Annual Champagne Affaire.

Guests celebrating and dressed to the groovy theme at our 2016 Champagne Affaire.

Peace, Love, & Protest, 2023

Guests celebrating and dressed to the groovy theme for our 2023 Annual Champagne Affaire.

Support from the Annual Champagne Affaire ensures we can expand access to care and sexual health education at our Athens Health Center and throughout Southeast Ohio by: 

  • Providing care, no matter what. Your Athens Health Center proudly provides STI/HIV testing and treatment, birth control, abortion referrals, and preventative care like breast exams and cancer screenings. Your sponsorship provides care to thousands of patients each year.  
  • Ensuring everyone has access to abortion. Since passing Issue 1, Ohio families are now free to make personal medical decisions around pregnancy without government interference. We can now focus on expanding access to this care for everyone, including those in neighboring states with abortion bans. Your sponsorship helps our Patient Navigators alleviate logistical and emotional barriers to care and support patients seeking abortions.  
  • Expanding access to care via telehealth. Through telehealth, our patients can get care from anywhere in Ohio without needing to travel to an office, miss work, or find childcare. Telehealth is essential to increasing access to care for patients living off low incomes or in rural and Appalachian communities. Your sponsorship ensures we can expand this critical service. 
  • Delivering fact-based, empowering sexual health education, free from stigma. Our education department, the Ohio Center for Sex Education (OCSE), helps young people and our patients stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, lower infant mortality, and build healthier relationships. Your sponsorship ensures we continue to bridge the sexual health education gap for all Ohioans.
  • Helping our patients access care, no matter their income level or insurance coverage. No one should forgo health care because they can’t afford it. We offer patients with low incomes a variety of payment options, deep discounts, sliding scale fees, or free services. Your sponsorship offsets the cost of care, ensuring our patients get the care they need. 

Susan G. Quinn Award Winner

Kelee Riesbeck has been an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and an advocate for human rights in the Athens community for more than a decade. Her years of dedication have been invaluable in promoting, protecting, and providing reproductive health care access. Her influence has had a lasting impact on our mission and we are proud to honor her with this year's Susan G. Quinn Award. 

Kelee Riesbeck smiling outside Stuart's Opera House

Our 2024 Sponsors

Trailblazer Sponsors ($5,000-$9,999):

Ken and Kit Brown

Susan and Tom Quinn

Defender Sponsors ($2,500-$5,000):

Tanya Conrath and Matt Sweeney

Katy Kropf and Nick Tepe

Lynn Last Rothstein and Mark T. Rothstein, M.D.

Laura and Adam Saltman

Cita Strauss

Partner Sponsors ($1,000-$2,499):

Athens Impact Socially Responsible Investments

Liz Maule

Maureen and David Teed

Marilyn Wentworth

Dr. Beth E. Whitted and Mr. Peter M. Rodgers

Jane Woodrow

Friend Sponsors ($500-$999):

JDS Enterprise

Danny R. Moates

Sue Morrow

Kindred Market, LLC

Tony's Tavern

Lisa Quinn and Charles Smith

Elizabeth and Scott Welsh

Thank you to our Athens Community Leadership Council for their continuous dedication: 

Mary Beth Brown
Chair

Susan Quinn
PPGOH Board Member

Tanya Conrath
PPGOH Board Member

Robin Webb

Noel Studniarz

Joanna Sokol

Kristin Slemmer

Bailey Shooner

Maureen Muth

Kylie Jalowiec

Riley Hall

Katherine Furler

Mollie Fitzgerald

Kathy Fahl

Katie Evans

Sara DeBroas

Michelle Corrigan

Ken Brown

Amy Brinck

To become a sponsor or to learn more: 

Contact [email protected] or call 380-260-6254.