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2014: Cocktails for a Cause



For the second year, 40 guests met likeminded people, drank fine wine and ate fancy cheese at The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar in Troy, NY. The event raised more than $1,300 for UHPP's exceptional services and honest education.

"From the late 1800s to 1951, The Confectionery was a classy place for women to frequent," said UHPP Director of Development Amber Sickles. Owners Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine painstakingly restored the space over several years. They also generously donated the venue's patio for PPYL's April 23 event.

UHPP Director of Education Meaghan Carroll shared stories from her team's work with local middle and high school students. UHPP Board Member Karla Gareau explained how she made a significant donation to UHPP through the Healthy You monthly giving club. Karla and Meaghan drew raffle winners for gift certificates to The Standard, The Albany Railyard, Dating Coach, and two tickets to UHPP's Let's Talk About Sex (2009) film screening and panel discussion on May 7.


Many thanks to Albany Medical Center, PPYL's signature sponsor for the third consecutive year!

2013: Comedy for a Cause

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Young Leaders hosted its first Comedy for a Cause fundraiser on November 8 at The Water Works Lounge in Albany.


About 50 guests, including many new faces, packed the house to see Albany's funniest comedians and to support our area's leader in reproductive health.

Hosted by Jennifer McMullen, the event featured six local comics, including the hilarious Jon Tenace, former UHPP Peer Educator. Jon spoke about his experience in high school as a member of the S.T.A.R.S. program (Seriously Talking About Responsible Sex). Peer Educators are trained by UHPP education staff on sexual health and responsibility and work closely with other teens to promote healthy sexuality.

Many thanks to everyone who came out the show! The Water Works Lounge generously provided the space for attendees to enjoy a wonderful evening.   Jennifer McMullen, Frank Gentile, Shawn Gillie, Brendan Joseph, William Hughes, Wanda Luv and Jon Tenace had the crowd roaring with laughs all night! We're especially grateful for the support of the event's sponsor, Albany Law School Dean Penny Andrews, and to our 2013 PPYL Presenting Sponsor, Albany Medical Center.


2013: Trivia Tournament at Revolution Hall

On June 13 Revolution Hall in Troy, the winners from the first annual Trivia Tournament in June 2012 strode confidently to the Planned Parenthood Young Leaders' trivia registration desk.


With Golden Speculum award in hand, the team formerly known asWe Support Women With Many Positions announced their intention to defend their crown.

The team renamed itself Grace Hopper Final Answer to commemorate their final answer in last year's winning effort. They faced a stiff challenge from 15 other teams and a record 93 total guests eager to unseat them from glory.

As Beau Comeaux led the competitors through five rounds of trivia, the teams struggled to find the right answers. The competition concluded with a "final Jeopardy" question, allowing teams to bet anything from none to all of their points in order to claim victory.

In the end, a new team prevailed. With triumphant glee, Sassy Pants and Sassafrass held their 2013 Golden Speculum Award high. It seemed fitting that some members of the hardworking event planning committee were among the new winners.

Planned Parenthood Young Leaders (PPYL) is a group of 40ish and younger professionals who support Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood's mission. The goal of PPYL is to build a new generation of supporters and advocates for reproductive choice, and the group hosts three annual events. Albany Medical Center is PPYL's signature Sponsor. This year's Trivia Tournament also was sponsored by Architecture + and Smith & Jones.

Many thanks to our PPYL event planning committee, including UHPP staff Amber, Katherine, Kristy, Laura A., Meaghan, and Summer! Want to join the committee or learn more about PPYL? Contact Amber at (518) 434-5678 x121 or [email protected]!



2013: Wine Tasting at The Confectionery Marks Women's History Month

What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than to spend the afternoon drinking find wine at eating fancy cheese at The Confectionery in Troy? Nearly 40 of our friends agreed and joined us on March 23 for an exclusive PPYL event.

From the late 1800s to 1951, The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar was a classy place for ladies to frequent. Owners Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine painstakingly restored the space over several years. Wine Director Tony Avenia reviewed the wines with PPYL guests and Lavine discussed the cheeses, all made by women. UHPP President/CEO Chelly Hegan asked guests to sign up to speak with local legislators about the Women's Equality Agenda. Development volunteer Karla Gareau shared how she stretched her donation to UHPP through monthly giving. She also drew raffle winners for gift certificates to The ConfectionerySerenity En Joy Massage, Some Girls Boutique and White Sands Spa.


  • Halloween Party & Cocktail Tasting Is a Big Hit!
    More than 30 young professionals celebrated the holiday on 10/24 at Victory Caf in Albany. Specially created cocktails included Witches Brew, Headless Horseman, Jack OLantern and Pumpkintini. Bettys Naughty Balloons entertained guests by making dirty balloons. UHPP President/CEO Chelly Hegan told the crowd, The most important thing you can do in November is vote.
  • Trivia Challenge at Revolution Hall breaks PPYL event records
    The first ever PPYL Trivia Challenge attracted 81 guests and 16 teams. Fierce yet fun competition resulted in Team We Support Women With Many Positions taking home the golden speculum first place award! Great food, drinks, trivia and raffle prizes, and camaraderie led to guests demanding that we host the Trivia Challenge again next year!
  • Midtown Tap & Tea Room hosts record-setting PPYL event
    Cocktails for a Cause hosted a record 58 men and women. Building upon recent widespread support for Planned Parenthoods mission, young professionals came out on Thursday, February 16 to uphold reproductive choice.


  • 'Cocktails for a Cause' event at the Midtown Tap & Tea Room
    On the evening of Thursday March 25th, UHPPs Planned Parenthood Young Leaders (PPYL) group held a Cocktails for a Cause event at the Midtown Tap & Tea Room on New Scotland Avenue. Thirty-five people came out to enjoy great drinks, exciting appetizers, and fabulous conversation"and heard some very inspirational words from UHPP President/CEO Patricia McGeown. The event was a great success!
  • Networking Event at the Albany Pump Station
    UHPP's Planned Parenthood Young Leaders held a Cocktails for a Cause event at the Albany Pump Station on the evening of Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Another great group"another great night!
  • Night out in Troy at Daisy Baker'sOn Thursday,October 14th, Planned Parenthood Young Leadersmet at Daisy Baker's for our next networking event. Thanks to everyone who came out with us!


  • 'Cocktails for a Cause' Benefit Concert with Wreckloose at Tess' Lark Tavern
  • 'Rock for Choice' Concert at Red Square



  • Film Screening of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness at DeJohn's to support The March for Women's Lives
  • Art Show with GALS by local female artists at Little Moon Tibetan Gift Shop
  • 'Cocktails for a Cause' at Brown's Brewing in Troy
  • Film Screening of Vera Drake at the Spectrum with Dessert and Discussion at Quintessence


  • 'Cocktails for a Cause' at Quintessence
  • 'Cocktails for a Cause' at Justins


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