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Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) held its annual Empower Gala and raised more than $450,000 for its health care services, education and training programs, and advocacy efforts. Nearly 300 guests joined together to bid on silent auction items ranging from Hamilton tickets, to jewelry, to Giants and Rangers tickets, to culinary and spa experiences. Guests also donated during the Live Pledge Moment led by Adam Lipson and Empower Gala co-chairs Denise Lipson and Susan Chatzky.

Everyone was moved by the evening’s keynote speaker, reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider, Dr. Willie Parker, particularly when he spoke about 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.

“It was a wonderful evening and one of the most successful Empower Galas in recent years,” said Vincent Russell, President & CEO, PPHP. “I extend my appreciation to everyone who supported the event and PPHP.”