On March 30, PPGC hosted our annual Baton Rouge Spring Event in a new, two-part format. Earlier in the day, supporters joined Jaqueline Ayers, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, for a virtual discussion on the future of reproductive rights in the new Biden-Harris Administration. That evening, supporters gathered for a socially distanced celebration with live entertainment, local food trucks, and a drive-in screening of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic, On the Basis of Sex,
Supporting the Baton Rouge Spring Event was important – and deeply personal – for volunteer and Planned Parenthood Young Leader Jordyn. “When I moved to Louisiana, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast welcomed me with open arms and offered me compassionate and comprehensive care despite my HIV status and the type of health insurance I had at the time,” she said.
“Supporting the Baton Rouge Spring Event is so important to me because someone before me provided the same support that helped save my life and helped me sustain my physical and reproductive health in a time of need, so I can only hope I’m doing that for someone else,” Jordyn added.
The event raised $62,120 in support of our education, advocacy, and health services work in the Baton Rouge community. A large portion of that total was thanks to the incredible generosity of Winifred and Kevin Reilly, ushering a challenge gift of $25,000 in memory of Dee Dee Reilly, an incredible Planned Parenthood advocate in Baton Rouge for whom our health center is named. Thank you, Baton Rouge!