East End Benefit
May 25, 2014
More than 170 Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic supporters turned out for the annual East End Benefit on May 25. Two dozen leading artists and photographers donated their works for the silent auction, such as Chuck Close, who donated a signed Polaroid self-portrait. Local businesses, individuals, and cultural attractions offered dozens of additional items such as tickets to the Hampton Classic Horse Show, a boat tour of Peconic Bay, a Hamptons International Film Festival package, a chef’s tasting, and rounds of golf.
Guests sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Southampton home of PPHP Action Fund Board Member Lisa Eisenstein and her husband Stephen. The event was in keeping with the theme, “Celebrate Summer, Stronger Together. Freedom and Care. No Matter What.” More than $200,000 was raised to support PPHP’s health and educational services.
Photographer Michael Halsband, artist/real estate professional Rima Mardoyan-Smyth, and PPHP Board Vice President Ann Pogue-Campbell co-chaired the event, and philanthropist Dorothy Lichtenstein was honorary chair.
October 13, 2013
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) celebrated its 80thanniversary in style at mid-October’s Empower Gala at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, attended by Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen and 400 supporters. The crowd helped raise more than $1.3 million which included a significant gift from the Lapidus family - Ruth and Sid Lapidus, their children, and grandchildren – who received an award as the evening’s special honoree.
Guests watched a special video message from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and Quindlen inspired the crowd with talk of politics, picketers, history, and families. She spoke about living through a time when there were no girls in Little League, the U.S. Senate, or the Supreme Court, and how one could never imagined how different the world would become. “Women are now able to decide when and where they want to have a baby and it’s important to be able to commit to a child after they’re born as much as before,” said Quindlen, a member of the PPFA Board of Directors.
Stony Brook Benefit
July 14, 2013
More than 130 supporters came together on July 14 to enjoy the annual Stony Brook Wine Tasting Benefit, which helped Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic raise $67,000 for reproductive and sexual health care. The event, held at the Old Field Club in Setauket, featured French wines in celebration of Bastille Day. Rose Brown, former Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Suffolk County and former Executive Vice President of PPHP, was honored for her work as a reproductive rights advocate. A service auction, led by auctioneer Marsha Laufer, raised $8,795 for the purchase of 586 HIV rapid test kits that can be offered free of charge to patients.
Rally for Women’s Equality
June 4, 2013
June 6, 2013
More than 150 supporters helped Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) raise $28,000 for reproductive and sexual health care at the Rockland Benefit at Nyack Beach State Park on June 6. The Benefit, which celebrated PPHP’s 80th anniversary, included Mediterranean wines, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle. Held at the park’s Historic Bath House, the fundraiser honored Rockland residents Dr. Sonya and Milton Shapiro and Susan Hito-Shapiro.
Rockland residents Carol Fleischmann, Karen Shovers Goldsmith, Denise Lipson, and Johanna Alter Wilson co-chaired the event. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Nyack Gourmet. Committee member Adam Lipson led a service auction that raised $5,900 to continue Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS), a teen leadership program that trains local high school students as peer educators.
Guests included Congresswoman Nita Lowey -- who gave a brief political update and spoke passionately about the need to support women’s health care -- and more than a dozen state and municipal officials.
East End Benefit
May 26, 2013
About 170 guests made a Memorial Day weekend appearance in Bridgehampton to support Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) and its essential reproductive and sexual health services on the East End.
The 26th annual East End Benefit, celebrating PPHP’s 80th anniversary, was hosted by Molly and Walter Channing in the Channing Family Sculpture Garden. The event raised $165,000 to fund health care and education programs.
Artists April Gornik and Eric Fischl, writer Loraine Boyle, and Edwina von Gal were in attendance, and the benefit was co-chaired by Rima Mardoyan; Jill Scheuer, chair of PPHP; Iris Abrons; and Dorothy Lichtenstein. Many artists and photographers donated their works for a silent auction, including Steve Miller, Priscilla Heine, Perry Burns, Toni Ross, Terry Elkins, and Lucy Winton.
Securing the Promise of Roe
PPHP Board President Jill Scheuer, keynote speaker Jessica Arons, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, and PPHP President/CEO Reina Schiffrin.
Reproductive health and rights advocate Jessica Arons gave Planned Parenthood supporters on Long Island and in Westchester County a primer on abortion case law as the keynote speaker for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’sRoe v. Wade anniversary celebrations.
Arons, director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, gave her talk, "Securing the Promise of Roe," on January 23 in Cold Spring Harbor and on January 24 in White Plains. The events were attended by many state representatives, county legislators, and board members.
Arons spoke about other significant Supreme Court cases that have resulted in abortion restrictions over the years (i.e. Harris v. McCray, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and Maher v. Doe) and noted the many obstacles that the federal and state governments put in the way of women, from funding restrictions to mandatory ultrasounds.