Published September 21, 2013, by Ann Arbor Journal (Heritage Newspapers).
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan (PPMSM) is hosting the second annual “Knowledge is Power” party to support PPMSM’s education programs. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Bill’s Beer Garden at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley Street, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $100 per person, with patron levels ranging from $250-$5,000.
“This fundraiser was one of our inaugural events at Bill’s Beer Garden,” said co-owner Bill Zolkowski. “It is our pleasure to be hosting it for a second year. Not enough people know about the range of services that Planned Parenthood has to offer, including birth control, cancer screenings and prenatal care.”
PPMSM believes that with access to quality reproductive health care and evidence-based sexual health information, people will be empowered to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
PPMSM has six educational programs across the affiliate that train youth to become peer educators. After 40 hours of training, the peer eds hold information sessions for their individual peers, youth groups and the community.
Ann Arbor’s peer education program is celebrating its 31st year, making it the oldest program in Michigan. Last year, PPMSM’s educators served nearly 19,000 students and community members affiliate-wide. The affiliate has three health centers in Washtenaw County — two in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti.
“While teen pregnancy rates have been falling, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies in young adults have risen,” said Lori Lamerand, president and CEO of PPMSM.
Reported cases of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea hit a ten-year high in Washtenaw County in 2010, according to the Washtenaw County Public Health Department. Well over one-third of Washtenaw County teens have had sex by the 11th grade.
“That’s why it’s more critical than ever that the women, men and teens of Washtenaw County have accurate information about pregnancy prevention, birth control and sexually transmitted diseases, and access to affordable, quality reproductive health care,” Lamerand said.
The event co-chairs are: Barbara DeLancey, Stacy Markel, Becky Randolph, Daniel Rivkin, and Elissa Spangler. Supported by more than 30 businesses in the Ann Arbor area, the evening promises to be a fun, casual gathering with great local restaurant food, awesome raffle baskets, and live music.
Tickets can be purchased at AnnArborChoice.org, emailing [email protected] or by calling Katy at 855-896-4966.
September 21, 2013