On April 23, Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) hosted its fourth annual Generations Celebration at Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. Women’s healthcare supporters honored the contributions of several generations of leaders who have protected reproductive rights and expanded access to reproductive healthcare.
“This organization is about empowering women. It’s a very important organization because it gives a voice to women in a way that others don’t. Planned Parenthood is doing the right thing on the right road, on the right track. We are helping women who need help. We are here for you. That’s the message of the organization,” said award-winning journalist Renee Ferguson, who served as the mistress of ceremony and is on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood.
Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, says that 90 percent of its services are contraceptives and STI testing and treatment. “We have funds that we can help offset the cost to patients and some cases all the way down to zero depending on the person’s financial situation. Planned Parenthood’s services are open to both women and men, insured and uninsured, documented or undocumented, and all races and ethnicities,” said Brite.
Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live” cast member, joined the evening’s festivities as a special guest. Strong has a special connection to Planned Parenthood of Illinois, where she worked while building her comedy career and where she cultivated an unwavering passion for women’s rights and gay rights.
Katie Rich, who currently writes for “Saturday Night Live,” was honored with the Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Award as a young activist who is making a difference for reproductive health by using innovation and creativity to support Planned Parenthood. She raised over $32,000 to fund Planned Parenthood. “This is a cause I believe in. Money really helps. The fact that I was able to raise so much money is unbelievable. Don’t keep it to yourself. There are many resources to get to. You are not alone,” said Rich, in an interview with EXTRA.
To learn more and to find a location of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, visit: www.ppil.org.