CHICAGO — Planned Parenthood of Illinois will host the second annual Generations Gala on Thursday, April 19 at the Fairmont Hotel Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Chicago leaders such as: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, actress and comedienne Julia Sweeney, and best-selling author Sara Paretsky, will celebrate how each generation approached the fight for reproductive justice and what Planned Parenthood is doing today to protect reproductive health care for future generations.
Joan Walsh, Editor At Large for Salon.com and MSNBC Political Analyst who has publicly debated about women's healthcare with conservative zealots — from Bill O'Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan - will speak about the war on women.
Event co-hosts and philanthropists Prue and Frank Beidler and their son Jay Beidler and wife Deborah Witzburg, and Ronna Stamm and Paul Lehman and their son Jonathan Lehman and partner Zachary Huelsing will honor Doris Conant and Family for their commitment to protecting women's health care. Doris, along with her late husband, Howard, has been a steadfast supporter of Planned Parenthood for over 40 years. Doris has also shared her passion for protecting reproductive health by supporting Emily's List, Personal PAC and the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) will be honored with the Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Award for her work in providing youth leadership development, sexual health education and legislative advocacy to ensure that all young people have access to the information and services they need to stay healthy. The Margaret Wiley Carr Bright Horizons Award honors young leaders (age 40 and under) in reproductive health care.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordably priced high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois. Through health care services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org .