September 27, 2016
On Tuesday, September 27, we hosted our annual Empower Gala at the Hilton Westchester with 320 supporters of PPHP. During the evening, we honored the Westchester Women’s Agenda for their incredible work as our community partner and Jane Orans for her lifetime commitment to PPHP. Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis delivered an heart-felt and motivational keynote address about the struggles of her grandmother and mother and how she used their strength and experiences to get where she is, and we listened to our staff member Jenna as she told us her emotional story of getting an illegal abortion in Ecuador.
Throughout the evening, guests bid on items in the silent auction and purchased copies of Wendy Davis’s book, Forgetting to Be Afraid. We also auctioned two pairs of pink sneakers like those Wendy wore during her 13-hour filibuster to block HB-2 in 2013. Wendy then autographed the sneakers for the winning bidders. We also had a pledge moment, when guests showed their support for PPHP by making donations ranging from $5,000 to $100.
Several local legislators also attended and showed their support: NY State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Lattimer, NY Assemblymembers David Buchwald, Sandy Galef, Ellen Jaffee, and Amy Paulin, Westchester County Legislators Catherine Parker and MaryJane Shimsky, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, and Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson.
July 10, 2016
On Sunday, July 10, we held our annual Summer Benefit at the home of Marsha and Henry Laufer in Old Field, NY. Set on a bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound and surrounded by spectacular gardens, more than 150 guests joined us in honoring retiring US Congressman Steve Israel and Tamra and Gerry Stoller for their dedication to PPHP.
During the event, guests had the opportunity to taste eight delicious wines and two Finlandia Vodka specialty drinks. During the live service auction, guests donated more than $14,000 to help us improve security at our 10 health centers and administrative offices. We will purchase indoor and exterior high-definition cameras at each of our health centers, motion-centered lighting, convex mirrors in hallways, and special peep holes for interiors doors.
Through the purchase of tickets and sponsorships, the silent auction, wine sales, and the service auction, more than $97,000 was raised for PPHP. It was a wonderful event, bringing together old friends and new.
28th Annual East End Benefit
May 29, 2016
It was a great kick-off to the summer on Sunday, May 29 at PPHP's 28th Annual East End Benefit. More than 320 guests enjoyed delicious food from Almond Restaurant, and tasty beverages from Casa Dragones Tequila, Channing Daughters Winery, and Montauk Brewing Company. Held at Steven Klein’s West Kill Farm in Bridgehampton, special guest award-winning actor Martha Plimpton spoke to the crowd about the importance of women and men having places like Planned Parenthood to go to for their health care needs and how we need to destigmatize abortion.
Music from Jesse Harris with Star Rover, DJ Twilo, and Jack & Eliza kept the guests entertained as they mixed and mingled with each other. In addition to raising $222,000 for PPHP’s health care services and education programs through sponsorship packages and tickets, guests also donated more than $28,000 for PPHP’s new, state-of-the-art health center being planned for Riverhead. Special thanks to the committee co-chairs Bonnie Buckner, Michael Halsband, Tracey Loggia, and Jill Scheuer for their hard work to make the event so successful.
The Vagina Monologues
November 14, 2015
On Saturday, Nov. 14, we hosted a special reading of The Vagina Monologues. The one-hour performance featured 11 monologues that were funny and moving. Seventy-five guests filled the Arc Stages in Pleasantville, NY, then enjoyed a cocktail reception. Our Board member Susan Chatzky organized and produced the event, C.J. Ehrlich directed the show, and Maile Hamilton (Susan’s daughter), Laura Damson Lazarus, and Jennie Carr were the readers. It was a wonderful evening and raised nearly $5,300 for PPHP.
October 21, 2015
We held our Empower Gala on Wednesday, October 21 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. It was a wonderful evening, with 310 supporters helping to raise $320,000 for our services and programs; $40,000 was raised during the Services Auction.
Award presentations were made by Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, PPHP, and Betsey Metz, Board Emeritus Member, to Jill Scheuer and Keith Pattiz, and Sarah Gardner, accepting on behalf of St. Faith’s House Foundation for their support through the years. Actor and comedian Susie Essman, from Curb Your Enthusiasm, delivered the keynote address. She was serious and committed to our mission, and hysterical as well. Tobi Klarnet, Denise Lipson, and Joan Rosen served as committee co-chairs, and PPHP Board Chair Ann Pogue was Mistress of Ceremonies.
During the evening, guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including museum membership and private tour, tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, jewelry, dining packages, and more. The live auction included VIP tickets to The View and the 2016 Tony Awards, as well as a luxurious one-week stay in Quisisana Resort in Maine.
Elected officials, including New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembymembers Shelley Mayer and Steven Otis, Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, Catherine Parker, and Ben Boykin, attended and showed their support for PPHP. Our SmartWheels mobile testing and education van was there and 45 guests visited the van and learned more about how we use it to provide services in the community.
July 26, 2015
On Sunday, July 26, PPHP supporters tasted wines and craft beer at our Summer Benefit. Held at Sunken Meadow State Park on the north shore of Long Island, attendees bid on silent auction items, bought raffle tickets for a 1989 Chateau Palmer, and took a chance during the Mystery Wine Pull.
During the event, we honored Rita and Mark Sakitt, long-time supporters of PPHP. Rita and Mark cherish their involvement with Planned Parenthood because they know they are making a difference in terms of women, civil liberties, and helping low-income people. Additionally, Mark has been a Board member, Treasurer, and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union, attended to support the Sakitts; Mark has been a board member of her organization.
We would like to thank the Benefit Co-Chairs Lily Cushenbery, James Feldstein, and Vivian Viloria-Fisher and the committee for ensuring the event was such a success.
June 11, 2015
On Thursday, June 11, 115 PPHP supporters attended our Rockland Benefit and raised $24,000 for our education and training programs in Rockland County. Held at the beautiful home of Annmarie and Bob Uhl, guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres while bidding on items in the silent auction. Elliott Forrest was the Master of Ceremonies.
Volunteers in our Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) program were at the event to talk to guests about their work in the community. These TIPSters complete a 30-hour training program and then engage their peers through educational programs. Last year, they provided 128 programs to 1,700 participants.
I want to thank the Benefit Committee, chaired by Geraldine Chery, Carol Fleischmann, Karon Shover-Goldsmith, Denise Lipson, and Johanna Alter Wilson, for their dedication in making this event successful.
East End Benefit
May 24, 2015
Nearly 200 Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic supporters turned out for the annual East End Benefit on May 24. Held at The Sender Estate in Sag Harbor, NY, guests enjoyed delicious food and cocktails as they kicked off the summer. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was the special guest and reminded everyone that while we have come a long way for women's health, there are still many challenges ahead and their continued support is needed.
Guests had the opportunity to bid on exquisite art work, a vacation to the Dominican Republic, a vintage carousel horse, tickets to Taylor Swift, and more in the silent auction. Nearly $200,000 was raised to support PPHP's health services, education, and advocacy programs in Suffolk County.
Bonnie Buckner, Michael Halsband, and Jill Scheuer served as the Benefit Committee Co-Chairs, and Dorothy Lichtenstein was Chair of the Honorary Committee.