The Empower Gala
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton, Tarrytown, NY
More information will is available here.
February 3, 2018
We brought the 80’s back on Saturday, February 3 for our 80’s Bash at Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson in Tarrytown, NY. This is the second annual event from a group of donors from the Rivertowns. Co-chairs Kimberly Meisner, Rochelle Steinwurtzel, Allison Taylor, and Andrew Tucker, along with their committee members, contacted everyone in their community to attend the event, contribute in-kind items, and donate to the live and silent auction.
The committee chose to share the proceeds with Pro Familias in Puerto Rico, a member of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Pro Familias was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and still needs help. We were fortunate to share a special thank you message from Lin Manuel Miranda and his mother who are strong supporters of Planned Parenthood and rebuilding Puerto Rico. The Miranda family donated special tickets to a Hamilton performance that were auctioned in our live auction.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.
Dirty Mouths Dirty Martinis Comedy Night
January 17, 2018
Nearly 200 guests braved the fierce winter weather to get to the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Wednesday, January 17, for our Second Annual PPHP Dirty Mouths Dirty Martinis Comedy Night. Together, we laughed along with our seven comedians who entertained us with material on Planned Parenthood, dating, marriage, and being single in NYC. We also enjoyed delicious cocktails, wine, appetizers, and desserts donated from Revenge BBQ, Lombardi’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Birch Collective, Cheesecake Factory, Black Cat Café, Susan and Peter Chatzky, Shoprite, and Stop & Shop.
We thank PPHP Board member Susan Chatzky for bringing this event to our donors when she wanted to celebrate her grandmother, Jean Carroll, who was America’s first female stand-up comic. We are grateful to committee members Khris Tahmin and Erica Spera for securing the comedians and for the delicious food that our guests greatly enjoyed.
View photos from the event on Facebook.
October 19, 2017
Our Empower Gala was a huge success raising over $450,000 and attended by 295 people. Guests had quite a night! They bid on silent auction items ranging from Hamilton tickets, to jewelry, to Giants and Rangers tickets, to culinary and spa experiences, and donated during our Live Pledge Moment led by Adam Lipson and our Gala co-chairs Denise Lipson and Susan Chatzky. Everyone was moved by our keynote speaker, reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider, Dr. Willie Parker, particularly when he spoke how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired him to believe that to be a true Christian, he must show compassion for all women, without judgment. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
View photos of our Empower Gala.
July 2, 2017
Our Summer Benefit was a huge success and broke all previous records for revenue and attendance. Held on July 2 at the spectacular, waterfront home of Marsha and Henry Laufer in Old Field, the event raised more than $106,000 for programs and services in Suffolk and was attended by nearly 200 guests. Maria and Guy Reuge were honored for their long-standing support of Planned Parenthood’s mission and service to the community. Guests sampled eight wines from the Loire region of France, tasted delicious hors d’oeuvres from Elegant Eating, and had an opportunity to view Across the Line, a 360⁰ virtual reality film that puts the viewer in the shoes of a patient trying to access health care and the many obstacle she faces from protesters. Thank you to the event co-chairs, Vivian Viloria Fisher and James Feldstein and committee members Jamie Adler, Mary Bernero, Lily Cushenbery, Stefanie Fisher, Steve Israel, Harvard Lyman, Betsy and Philip Palmedo, and Tamra and Jerry Stoller.
View photos on our Facebook page.
East End Benefit
May 28, 2017
On Sunday, May 28, nearly 200 supporters kicked off the summer at our 29th Annual East End Benefit in Bridgehampton. Picture perfect weather, a beautiful location, and a strong turnout of ardent Planned Parenthood supporters all helped to make the event a great success. Many of the guests in attendance took the opportunity to view Across the Line, the virtual reality film we screened.
Everyone enjoyed the music of DJ Twilo, the wines of Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, beer from Montauk Brewing Company in Montauk, and catering by Elegant Eating.
View photos on our Facebook page.
Rockland County Benefit
April 19, 2017
On April 19, 75 guests turned out at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY for our Rockland County Benefit. The event featured a cocktail reception, special screening of the documentary Trapped, and Q&A session with Bethany Sousa, Senior Policy Counsel, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation.
The group was motivated after viewing Trapped, which won a Peabody Award the very same day for the 2016 Independent Lens Documentary category. Many in the audience asked how they can have an impact politically to support PPHP, how to ensure the Reproductive Health Act is passed by the New York State Senate, and what impact the new administration is having on the introduction of new TRAP laws across the country. More than half of the guests signed our petition for the Reproductive Health Act, and these signatures will be sent to their senators.