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The Care. No Matter What. Celebration

The Care. No Matter What. Celebration is Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s largest fundraising event, and its success sets the stage for the future of our mission work.

Come Celebrate With Us

April 18, 2024 at 6:00pm
Columbus Hilton Downtown
Aminah Robinson Ballroom
402 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The evening will include a performance by Nina West, remarks from PPGOH President & CEO, Erica Wilson-Domer, presentation of the Loann Crane Family Legacy Award to Mary Lazarus, impactful mission moments, and a fireside chat with Jeni Britton. It is sure to be an inspiring night for all! 

  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  
  • Sponsor After-Party with dessert for event sponsors, dignitaries, and others from 8:15-9:00 p.m. 

Become an Event Sponsor

By becoming a sponsor of the Care. No Matter What. Celebration, you are making an investment in a better future for Ohioans. 

Support from the Care. No Matter What. Celebration ensures we can expand access to care and sexual health education throughout Ohio by:

  • Ensuring our doors stay open, no matter what. We proudly operate 15 health centers and two surgical centers across the state, providing STI/HIV testing and treatment, birth control, abortion services, and preventative care like breast exams and cancer screenings. Our sponsors help ensure that “our doors stay open” is more than a slogan.
  • Creating a future where everyone has access to abortion. Abortion access depends on many things including the patient’s access to resources like time off work, childcare, transportation, or lodging. Our sponsors help our Patient Navigators provide logistical and emotional support to patients seeking abortions.
  • Providing joyful and empowering sexual health education, free from stigma. Ohio legislators continue to attack our ability to provide fact-based sexual health education. There’s no question this impacts our communities. Our sexual health education helps young people, non-English speakers, and our patients stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, lower infant mortality, and build healthier relationships. Our sponsors help ensure we can continue to bridge the sexual health education gap for all Ohioans.
  • Helping our patients access care, no matter their income level or insurance status. No one should forgo health care because they simply can’t afford it. We offer patients with low incomes a variety of payment options, deep discounts, sliding scale fees, or free services. Our sponsors help offset the cost, empowering our patients to make decisions for themselves, their bodies, and their futures without worrying about the cost of care.  
  • Protecting our health care centers from terrorist activity. The politically hostile environment in Ohio is emboldening our opposition, pushing them to more extreme tactics; it is imperative we have exceptional security measures implemented. Our sponsors help ensure we can do everything possible to keep our patients, staff members, and health centers safe. 
  • Advancing transformative changes in the way we provide care. Our eyes are always on the horizon, creating innovative programs and investing in our vision of care for the future. Our sponsors help us achieve our visionary goals of expanding our telehealth services, rolling out primary care, and building a first-of-its-kind community pharmacy in our health centers.

Our Featured Speaker

Jeni Britton is a James Beard Award-winning ice cream maker and founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. She has also authored two books, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts.   

In 1996, Britton started making ice cream as a 22-year-old art and art history student. She officially opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in late November 2002 in the North Market, a centuries-old public market in Columbus, Ohio.   

As Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Britton remains the beating heart of the company and oversees all creative output. She is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.  

When Britton reflects on her entrepreneurial journey, she describes it as a "start small" story. She attributes part of her success to the high-quality, affordable care she received at Planned Parenthood which made it possible for her to be in control of her reproductive health. 

Our Featured Performer

Nina West is an American drag queen, actor, singer, songwriter, author, and LGBTQ+ activist. She rose to national prominence on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 where she won Miss Congeniality. 

Sponsor the Event

By becoming a sponsor of the Care. No Matter What. Celebration, you are making an investment in a better future for Ohioans. 

If you have questions about sponsorship contact us at: [email protected] or 614-224-2235 ext. 5 

Become a Sponsor

Loann Crane Family Legacy Award Winner

Mary Lazarus is a civic leader who uses her voice and philanthropy to expand access to reproductive health in Ohio. Continuing the Lazarus Family tradition, she has tirelessly championed our work for decades to address barriers to care and invite others to join her in supporting our mission. Her commitment to volunteerism, human rights, and social services have shaped central Ohio and impacted its growth immensely, inspiring us all.

Mary Lazarus


Presenting Partners

Jill Kingsley

The Hattie and Robert Lazarus Fund of the Columbus Foundation

Champion Sponsors
($25,000 - $49,999)

The Crane Group

The Korda Family

In Memory of John Kobacker

Caregiver Sponsors
($10,000 - $24,999)

Anonymous, In Honor of Mary Lazarus

Christine and W. Thomas Farquhar

Linda Kaufmann

Bobbie and Alan Weiler

Suzanne and Peter Edwards

Rebecca J Perry and Ben Towle

Guardian Sponsors
($5,000 - $9,999)

Jane and Stan Ackley

Carol Andreae

Sandy Anderson and Lynn Readey

George Barrett

Beth Crane and Richard McKee

Sally Crane Cox, In Memory of John Kobacker

Babette T. Gorman and Jack Buckingham

Donna and Larry James

Sarah Kay

Steve Keyes and Lauren Bonfield

Cathe Kobacker, In Memory of John Kobacker

Sherri and Bruce Lazear

Lisa Borkowski Ludwig

Deb Neimeth

Danielle and George Skestos

Susan and Ron Tomasky

Cordelia Westwater Robinson

Teckie Shackelford

Brian and Leah Westwater

Vivian Witkind Davis

Miriam and Bernie Yenkin


Educator Sponsors
($2,500 - $4,999)

Dana and Brent Adler

Christine Aviation

John Behal and Jim Elliott in honor of Mary Lazarus

Jeri Block and Bobby Schottenstein

Barbara Brandt

Mary Jo Conte

Miranda Cox

Daniel and Patricia Finkelman

Sherri Geldin

Paul Giorgianni and Julia White

Herbert and Diane Glimcher

Christopher M. Haines

April Zimmerman Katz and Kyle Katz

Trip and Lexie Lazarus

Ben Maiden and Karen Bell

Paula L. Miller and Milt Fullen

Pari Sabety and Mark Shanahan

Christine Shumway Mortine

Jonathan Petuchowski and Leslie Yenkin

Hugh Westwater and Linda Larrimer

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

Advocate Sponsors
($1,000 - $2,499)



Michael Ahern and Sandy Doyle-Ahern

Eleanor Alvarez

Christie Angel

Nick Augustinos and Curt Kirschner

Amy and Jeremy Baskes

Randy and Amy Borntrager

Lavea Brachman and Andrew Smith

Erica and Leah Braswell

Sharon Cameron

Carla Cefaratti

Suzie Childs & Angie Childs

Sheila Clark and Elizabeth Boster

Lisa and Tom Courtice

Beth Crane and Richard McGee

Mimi Dane

Dr. Bryan N. Feldman and Ms. Melissa Zox

Jackie Ford

Diane Furno

Dareth Gerlach

Jody Goldhand and Justin D’Arms

Linda and Robert Gorman

Lisal and Don Gorman

Rita Graham

Sally Garel Greene

Marilyn Harris

Leslie Huntington

Robin Judd and Kenneth Steinman

Debora and Ira Kane

Suzanne Karpus

Thomas Katzenmeyer

Bob and Clemy Keidan

Peggy Lazarus

Judy and Michael Martz

Jennifer McNally

Carly McVey and Patrick Terrien

Kathleen Murphy and Adam Wagenbach

Jane Mykrantz

Bill and Anne Porter

Alan and Carol Radnor

Kathy and Fred Ransier

Craig Robinson

Kelly Ruoff

Emily Rutherford

Suzy and Rocky Saxbe

Marcy and Jonathon Schaffir

Jody and Jeffrey Scheiman

Lenore G. Schottenstein

Lee Shackelford

Linda Sinoway and Doug Kelly

Michael Stan and Sally Fingerett

Sharon Steele, In Honor of Mary Lazarus

Lisa Stein

Joanne and Olga Strasser

Maureen Teed

Lonni Thompson

Shiloh Todorov

Sheila Torch

Cheryl Vaia and Herbert Bresler

Arlene and Michael Weiss

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

Kim and Jim Wilson

Franck and Leigh Ann Wobst

Denny Wojtanowski

Joan Wurmbrand and Carol Fey

Judith and John Yesso

Thank you to Our Host Committee for their Support

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Christie Angel

Mary Jo Conte

Sandra López

Host Committee Members

Dana and Brent Adler 

Sandy Anderson and Lynn Readey 

Amy and Jeremy Baskes 

Barbara and David Brandt 

Sharon Cameron 

Vivian Witkind Davis 

Donna and Larry James 

Babette T. Gorman and Jack Buckingham 

Steve Keyes and Lauren B. Bonfield 

Mary Lazarus - Honorary

Trip and Lexie Lazarus 

Sherri and Bruce C. Lazear 

Lisa Borkowski Ludwig 

Cordelia Westwater Robinson

Bobbie and Alan Weiler


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