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Legacy of Choice Gala with special guest Kathleen Turner!

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood celebrated with 250 guests on Friday, October 2 at the Legacy of Choice Gala. UHPP presented the the Giraffe Award to movie and tv star Kathleen Turner for "sticking her neck out" to support reproductive choice and freedom. The one of a kind sculpture was made by local artist Jimmy Tim. Three local awardees were also honored: Jeanette Johnson, Elizabeth Lopatniuk and Christa Christakis

Emcee Joan Coombs hosted the live auction and helped raise more than $70,000 to support vital services. 

Thank you to our sponsors: BelleJAR Foundation, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Joan Butler, AFLAC, CDPHP, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, First Niagara, Greenberg Traurig, Godfrey Financial Associates, Interim Healthcare, Times Union, Women@Work Magazine, PharmPak, Inc., Judy Rosen Real Estate, Sentron Associates Inc., and Tri City Rentals. 


Click here to view more photos courtesy of Iannelli Photography!

More than Forty People Came Out to See VESSEL!

UHPP showed the documentary Vessel on Thursday, April 30 the Arts Center in Troy. The movie was followed by a panel discussion of community experts and medical health care professionals.


“This movie is about the universal struggle for reproductive freedom for women around the world that may seem far off to us in the United States, but each passing day brings about new legislation and restrictions on a women’s right to choice all over this country. This movie demonstrates how one person can make a difference,” says Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of UHPP.

Thank you to all who attended!


National Condom Week Events in Albany, Hudson and Troy



Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP) focused its "Condom Week" outreach efforts by planning three “pub crawl” style events on Valentine's Day weekend. Three groups of volunteers distributed 2,000 condoms in Albany, Hudson and Troy. They gave out safer sex kits, Mardi Gras condom beads and temporary tattoos in 20 bars and clubs. Volunteers invited patrons to play a trivia game about issues of sexuality and sexual health and test patrons’ skills for the right way to put on a condom.  

Condom week events were promoted on the local radio station JAMZ 96.3 FM, through a series of Facebook ads, on the UHPP website and through social media channels. UHPP Vice President of Education was interviewed on JAMZ 96.3, FLY 92.3 and the Cat 100.9 about the importance of condom use and making sure you are always prepared. “Everyone deserves a sex life that is safe and healthy as well as pleasurable/fun. Getting comfortable talking about safer sex and using condoms is a good way to take care of your health and your partner’s.” says Meaghan Carroll.

In addition, UHPP partnered with JAMZ 96.3 to distribute 100 safer sex kits at the Albany premier of “Fifty Shades of Gray.”




Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Honored the Honorable Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, NY at Roe v. Wade Celebration

"We honor Mayor Sheehan today as an advocate and voice for women. When young girls see that they can be mayor, they can be a Senator, they can make a difference...we all win" said Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of UHPP.


Right to left…Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of UHPP, Honorable Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, NY and UHPP’s 2014 Advocate for Choice award recipient and Christa R. Christakis, UHPP Board Chairperson


As she accepted the award Mayor Sheehan said "For woman to have to fight for access to reproductive health is shocking and shameful. Thank you to all who support the rights of women in our community."

Nearly 100 guests, including local and state legislative leaders, clergy, healthcare and women’s health advocates were on hand at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in the Empire State Plaza to celebrate Mayor Kathy Sheehan, UHPP’s 2014 Advocate for Choice award recipient.  

UHPP proudly recognized the City of Albany’s first female mayor with our award. Mayor Sheehan ran as a pro-choice candidate and numerous times, she has spoken out in support of all ten points of the Women’s Equality Act. In addition, she called out politicians who are opposed to WEA. Mayor Sheehan also established and implemented an Equity Agenda for the City to address economic, racial and social inequality. She previously served as the City’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Mayor Sheehan and her family are deeply committed to community service.  



Actress and Comedian Susie Essman Helps UHPP Celebrate 80 Years of Choice



How many people in New York’s Capital Region would pay good money to be teased by actress and comedian Susie Essman during a milestone fundraiser?

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP) found out the answer is 230. Essman, who has played the sassy Susie Greene during all eight seasons of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, accepted UHPP’s first Giraffe Award for sticking out her neck to support abortion and reproductive rights. Essman lives in Upstate New York with her husband and four stepchildren.

The event raised more than $35,000. Essman generously donated and signed copies of her book What Would Susie Say? (2009). All book sales benefited UHPP. UHPP’s development and marketing team secured sponsorships from 14 corporations and foundations and from six restaurants and catering companies, as well as about 100 Honorary Committee members.

During the program, Essman remarked that the average age of the crowd’s ovaries was “dust.”

“Think Norman, think!” she scolded a guest. “When was the last time you had sex? Johnny Mathis had a hit on the radio…”

Essman and UHPP President/CEO Chelly Hegan encouraged guests to be bold and outspoken about supporting Planned Parenthood.

“80 years ago, [UHPP Founder] Dr. Frances Vosburgh stuck out her neck to provide quality health care to local women,” Hegan said. “[Today], anyone who fails to act out against what’s wrong for women and families lets our children and grandchildren down. And we’re not about to do that – are we?!”



Dramatic Finish to the 2014 PPYL Trivia Tournament

Last night at Troy’s Revolution Hall, 10 teams fought for trivia glory and the coveted Golden Speculum award at the third annual Planned Parenthood Young Leaders Trivia Tournament. Winners from the 2012 and 2013 tournaments joined hopeful competitors for five rounds of stiff competition, led by trivia guru Beau Comeaux.

Last place team Ovary Smart picked Disney as the category for the final round. Wisely choosing not to bet all of their points, Ovary Smart catapulted from last to first when no one knew the right answer.

If you weren’t at the tournament last night – Do you know the answer to the final round question?

Don’t cheat by looking online! Email us your answer at [email protected] and find out if you’re right!

Final Round:
Question: What was Disney’s first live-action movie?

Planned Parenthood Young Leaders is a group of 40ish and younger professionals Albany Medical Center is the Signature Sponsor for UHPP’s 2014 Planned Parenthood Young Leaders events. TAG Solutions and Brown’s Brewing Co. also sponsored the Trivia Tournament. The event raised $2,000 support Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s health care and education services.

To join the fun and see more Trivia Tournament photos, like us on Facebook and Instagram.




UHPP Honors Assembly Member Patricia Fahy at 2014 Roe v. Wade Celebration

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At our annual Roe v. Wade Celebration, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood presents the Advocate for Choice award to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary work in the area of reproductive freedom and choice.

 On Thursday, January 23, UHPP supporters congratulated Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, who accepted the 2014 UHPP Advocate for Choice Award.

Assemblymember Fahy was elected in November 2012 to represent the 109th Assembly District from the City of Albany, and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. Pat successfully ran on a platform of education and jobs, bringing over two decades of experience at all three levels of government and extensive community service.  She joins the following list of past Advocate for Choice recipients:

o       New York State Senator Neil Breslin;
o       New York State Assemblyman Ronald Canestrari;
o       David Paterson, who then served as New York State Senate Minority Leader;
o       the Albany Medical Students for Choice;
o       Shirley Gordon, former Executive Director of Family Planning Advocates of NYS
o       New York State Division Comptroller Tom DiNapoli;
o       Denise King, then chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee's Rural Council and former chairwoman of the state Democratic Committee's Executive Committee; 
o       Denise O'Donnell, who now serves as Director of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
o       New York Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Rights Project
o       Rabbi Dennis Ross, Director of Concerned Clergy for Choice



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