Planned Parenthood Bridgehampton Fundraiser – Putting Women First
Loraine Boyle, Blythe Danner, Martha Plimpton, Reina Schiffrin Pres/CEO PPHP
The Bridgehampton benefit for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic on Saturday celebrated its 25th and also its most important year to date with the rallying cry of what guest speaker award winning actress Martha Plimpton called, “taking care of the needs of women versus the ambition of politicians.” Plimpton who has been active in the organization for years encouraged everyone to participate to protect, “the most recognizable and trusted source of sex education and women’s health care.”
The funny and firey Plimpton was the first to go into the mobile Smart Wheels sex ed camper to get tested for HIV, one of the services the mobile smart wheels unit offers including education on sexual health and free condoms and snacks.
April Gornik who created a special lithograph with sales benefiting Planned Parenthood added her outrage at the attack on Planned Parenthood and the twisting of its mission. She noted that it was the rationality and compassion of this organization which is its strong suit and was the place she first went in the ‘70s for affordable and confidential birth control and counseling.
Other notable guests included philanthropist Dorothy Lichtenstein, writer Loraine Boyle, producer Barry Sonnenfeld, artist Eric Fischl, and producer/actress Susan Ringo. The Silas Marder Gallery hosted the gathering which included delectable bites from Nick & Toni’s and wine from Amagansett Wines & Spirits with music from Escola de Samba BOOM.
Special edition beach towels were also sold to benefit the organization designed by Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha and Karen Kilimnik whose we loved with the message, “The study of friction and wear on the mating surface.”
Planned Parenthood sex health centers in Suffolk, including the center in Amagansett, fill a vital need for the East End community. Over 90% of PPHP’s services are preventative, including cancer screenings, prenatal care, and testing and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases.
Guests were all treated to Isaac Mizrahi’s decorator condoms called: Proper Attire… required for entry. Style and safety all rolled into one. Perfect.
For more information: www.pphp.org