FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2011
Climbing Mountains for Planned Parenthood of Montana
September 24 Slideshow and Fundraiser in Bozeman
Billings, MT – Planned Parenthood of Montana (PPMT) will be holding its first major Bozeman fundraising event, “Climbing Mountains for Planned Parenthood of Montana,” on September 24. The event will take place at 7 pm at the Holiday Inn.
In an effort to raise funds and awareness for PPMT, Peter Ramos, of Bozeman and Daniel Burson, Stan Price, and Rusty Willis from Billings, set out on June 13, 2011, to climb Canada's highest peak, Mt. Logan (19,551ft). They were inspired to help after hearing that funding for family planning was eliminated from the Montana state budget. One of the climbers, Peter Ramos, is a registered nurse, so he has seen first-hand the importance of keeping contraceptives and family planning services affordable and widely available.
The climbers have developed a First Giving profile with information on the climb and the opportunity for individuals to make a secure on-line donation. To date, 44 individuals helped Peter, Daniel, Stan and Rusty raise over $2,200. The September 24 event will wrap up fundraising efforts in connection with the Mt. Logan climb. Attendees will have a chance to meet the climbing team who will give a slideshow and share stories about their adventures. Stacy James, PPMT President & CEO, will be present to visit with attendees and provide more information on the organization. The evening will also feature desserts and coffee, a no-host bar, and a raffle and door prizes with items donated from local businesses. All proceeds go directly to PPMT.
The staff and board of directors of PPMT are delighted to see four young men taking a unique approach to raising money and awareness for such an important cause. “Grassroots efforts like this are a great way to spread the word about current threats to PPMT and family planning services in general,” said James. “Peter, Daniel, Stan and Rusty are an inspiration to all of us.”
PPMT was founded in 1969 and has grown to include five health centers and five rural outreach sites. Each year nearly 20,000 Montanans rely on PPMT for affordable services including birth control, cancer screenings, breast, annual and testicular exams, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI). PPMT also offers educational opportunities across the state, and advocates for reproductive rights on behalf of all family planning organizations in Montana.
To find out more, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/montana or click here (http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/mtlogan/mtlogan) to see the First Giving profile.