Hempstead, NY—On Thursday, October 27 Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) held its annual luncheon honoring longtime supporter Mary Phipps and featuring keynote speaker Frank Rich.
Mrs. Phipps was given the Margaret Sanger Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Planned Parenthood and the people we serve. As a founding member of PPNC’s Foundation Board of Directors, Mrs. Phipps has courageously stood up for women’s rights and reproductive health, ensuring the health of our community and paving the way for the important freedoms many of us take for granted today.
“When I think of Mary, the words gracious, generous, compassionate and courageous all come to mind,” said PPNC’s Board Chair, Miranda Meyer. As a young girl I can recall thinking that I wanted to grow up to be a woman of action, a community leader and someone who makes things happen—someone just like Mary.”
The luncheon also featured a keynote speech on the current political landscape by Frank Rich, featured essayist for New York magazine and former New York Times Op-Ed columnist. Mr. Rich discussed how legislative extremists and hardliners are working to ban abortion, despite the fact that a majority of people think the procedure should be legal. Mr. Rich encouraged the audience to continue speaking out in support of women’s health and rights because “the people in this room, who give their time and energy to Planned Parenthood, are the greatest resource we have.”
The luncheon was held at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park and was attended by 250 of Planned Parenthood’s supporters, who came out to raise funds for the reproductive health care services and sexuality education programs that the agency provides to more than 45,000 people annually.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 83 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2010, PPNC provided services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 28,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 5,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 78 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.