Angie Remington – Public Relations Manager
(402) 557-6687 or (515) 249-6084
October 27, 2015
October 21, 2015 (DES MOINES, IA) – Thanks to the support of the community, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s Fall Book Sale was a tremendous success – raising $209,257.09 in support of Planned Parenthood’s education and community outreach programs.
For 55 years, Planned Parenthood’s Book Sale in Des Moines has been drawing thousands of shoppers from across the state and the Midwest who travel to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the biannual five-day sale. The popular sale is one of the largest nonprofit book sales in the country, known for the thousands of new and used books, collectibles and more.
“We’re continuously wowed by the crowds that turn out for Book Sale,” said president and CEO Suzanna de Baca. “For 55 years this community has supported our comprehensive sexual health education program and community outreach efforts. We know Iowans support the important work we do, and we’re grateful for every book purchased.”
Last year, PPHeartland educators provided 3,413 programs to 54,848 individuals across the affiliate, including 43,052 participants in Iowa. Program topics include age-appropriate human grown and development, medically accurate sexual health information, healthy relationships, decision-making, STI prevention, research-based teen pregnancy prevention, gender identity and sexuality, treating others with respect, and talking to trusted adults about health and sexual health.
“Planned Parenthood’s name truly is synonymous with health education,” said Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, director of education and leadership. “We’ve been a trusted resource for 99 years – 80 years in Iowa – and we’ll be here for many more.”
The Planned Parenthood Book Sale would not be possible without the generous support of our customers and the 519 dedicated volunteers who contributed 2,307 hours to the fall sale.
The 2016 Spring Book Sale will be held April 7-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages since the 1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma through 18 health centers plus Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.