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Hempstead, NY – On October 25th, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) hosted more than 335 supporters at its 2018 Annual Luncheon at The Heritage Club in Bethpage, rallying supporters to be informed and active voters in this year’s election – and every election.

Thanks to their wonderful supporters, the Annual Luncheon was a huge success, raising more than $105,000 to support the essential, life-saving services, education, outreach and advocacy that PPNC provides for thousands of Nassau County residents every year.

During the program, PPNC honored partners in social justice, the Long Island sections of the National Council of Jewish Women, and the attendees were addressed by keynote speaker, Charles Blow, New York Times op-ed columnist and best-selling author. As a journalist working under an administration that discredits the media, Blow shared his perspectives and insights, encouraging guests to stay vigilant and to make their voices heard.

PPNC CEO and President, JoAnn Smith, remarked, “Our 2018 Annual Luncheon was a tremendous success. With so much on the line in the upcoming election – including reproductive health and rights – coming together with our most steadfast supporters and advocates served as a powerful reminder that the people of Nassau County will fight back tooth and nail for Planned Parenthood, and that our doors will stay open. No matter what. It’s more important than ever that every individual gets to the polls and votes their values on November 6th.”

Top: PPNC CEO & President JoAnn Smith with the 2018 Luncheon Committee (Left to right: Marilyn Monter, Liz Murov, Joann Hyoen, Audrey Schein, Jane Schwartz, Board Chair Karen Seltzer, Jill Fishbin and Board Chair Emeritus Miranda Meyer) and Keynote Speaker Charles Blow

Middle: Our 2018 Honorees: The Long Island Sections of the National Council of Jewish Women

Bottom: A full house at the 2018 luncheon