Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294

Honoring Cecile Richards and Laverne Cox for Their Leadership and Activism


NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood of New York City held its 2018 gala on May 1 at Spring Studios in New York City. The evening was a festive celebration of this 101-year-old organization as it heads into a new era, with its new President and CEO Laura McQuade at the helm. The event honored departing Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and actor and activist Laverne Cox.

Entitled SPRING INTO ACTION, the festivities featured cocktails, dinner, a live auction, an awards ceremony and a lively after party. During the evening, guests had the unique opportunity to step into a Kehinde Wiley painting: the celebrated artist has specially designed an interactive installation for the Planned Parenthood of New York City event. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate and honor the extraordinary accomplishments of  Cecile Richards and Laverne Cox with Planned Parenthood of New York City’s dedicated supporters and leaders,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City. “The creativity, commitment, and passion of all who have come together to make this evening a great success, makes me so hopeful. When we all are united, and we join our voices and our power, we can—and we will—achieve equal access to health care for all and make great strides towards a better and more equitable world.”

Bolstered by a groundswell of support, Planned Parenthood of New York City is stronger than it has ever been and is leading the way in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for all New Yorkers. With a health center in every borough, Planned Parenthood of New York City expertly delivers sexual and reproductive health care to all New Yorkers, regardless of age, gender, immigration status, or ability to pay.

The event benefited Planned Parenthood of New York City, directly supporting health care services and education programs so that in the next 100 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City can continue to build a world where neither income nor zip code determines access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Woman of Valor honoree:

"It was an honor to be among so many champions for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights at the Planned Parenthood of New York City Gala. Each year, 2.4 million patients walk through the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers across our country and get the care and support they need — and the care every person deserves. One in five women in America has been to Planned Parenthood, and despite the attacks from the Trump-Pence administration and anti-woman politicians around the country, women are persisting, people are resisting, and today, Planned Parenthood is stronger than we've ever been."

Laverne Cox, actor and activist, Champion of Change honoree:

“Planned Parenthood has been there every step of the way in the fight for reproductive health care, all over this country. The fight for health care is so intimately tied to the health of transgender people. I’m so excited to stand before you this evening because I wanted to shout out to the world that Planned Parenthood is a welcoming place for transgender people. I travel the country and meet transgender people all over who do not have access to life saving health care. To be clear, health care for transgender people is life. I want everyone to know that Planned Parenthood is the place to go."




Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.