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.
October 23, 2014
More than 330 Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) supporters and their guests attended the sold-out Empower Luncheon on October 23, 2014. Pulitzer-Prize winning author and keynote speaker, Sheryl WuDunn gave a riveting presentation and signed her new book, A Path Appears, for guests. Long-time PPHP supporters, Judith and Roger Widmann, were honored for their unwavering leadership and generosity for more than 25 years, including Ms. Widmann’s years as a volunteer and Board Member. PPHP also honored the Congregation of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in White Plains, for the past two years, the congregation chose PPHP as the beneficiary of its annual Mardi Gras fundraiser. Many thanks to the sponsors, silent auction and condom grab bag donors, volunteers, and supporters. Despite somewhat dreary autumn weather, the luncheon was a huge success, raising $275,000 for PPHP’s outstanding non-judgmental health services and education programs. The evening prior to the luncheon, major Empower sponsors were invited to an intimate gathering with Ms. WuDunn.
Stony Brook Benefit
July 13, 2014
The weather was nearly perfect for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s Stony Brook benefit at the Old Field Club in Setauket on Sunday, July 13th, allowing many of the 107 guests an opportunity to sit out on the deck and enjoy the great views. Inside and out, the spirit was festive as people enjoyed tasting eight wines from the new and old worlds and cocktails by celebrity mixologist Jonathan Pogash, noshed on delicious hors d’oeuvres, and listened to classical music performed by three Stony Brook University graduate students. The benefit theme, passing the torch, celebrated the Staller family’s legacy of support and activism for PPHP. Honorees Freddie and Erwin Staller and their son and daughter-in-law, Cary and Marisela, have made service to community and PPHP a family affair.
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.