Thanks to the community for supporting the vital work of Planned Parenthood. As co-chairs of the 24th annual spring benefit for the Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, we thank the hundreds of enthusiastic supporters who attended our luncheon at the Hyatt, as well as our benefit committee and the Planned Parenthood staff. With 500 guests and contributors, it was a tremendous success in raising funds to support of the services and programs of Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area.

We were pleased to have as our speaker Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Nationally, one in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for professional, nonjudgmental, and confidential care. The funds raised at the lunch will help ensure that our local affiliate can continue its vital work.

We urge the people of Mercer County who believe that every woman has a right to reproductive health counseling and family planning, regardless of income, to support Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s services include life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, HIV testing, vasectomy services, abortion procedures, sexual health education, and information and health counseling.

Emily Firmenich, Princeton

Eleanor Horne, Lawrenceville

Family Guidance Center’s annual spring fundraiser exceeded expectations and raised over $30,000. Janssen Pharmaceuticals hosted the event, which was attended by over 200 guests. Awards were presented to Family Guidance staff member Kathleen Gaffney, for her excellence in psychiatric nursing, and to Marygrace Billek, director of Mercer County Human Services.

Billek was awarded the Mary Jo Codey Award for her efforts to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse. The event included a silent auction and wine arbor, along with an opportunity to win an iPad Mini. Music provided by Sue Giles added the perfect touch.

Our event sponsors included Walsh Benefits, Callaway Henderson Real Estate, JK Group, Princeton Power Systems, WB Mason, CFS Investments, E&K Insurance, EisnerAmper, EMET Realty, Hartsough Kenny Chase & Sullivan, Helping Arms, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, Impact Office, Lependorf & Silverstein, Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women, New Hope Foundation, Warren Jones, Lewis Parker, Roddenbery Fundraising, and Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

Proceeds from the event will support outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing counseling services, and financial literacy programming.

Jeffery J. Robbins

Interim Executive Director, Family Guidance Center

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