Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley recently presented its annual Fall Benefit at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Featured at the event were members of the Planned Parenthood health center staff and health education team to share their moving and inspirational stories about the impact of Planned Parenthood’s work in our local community.
Welcoming hundreds of philanthropists and community leaders, the Fall Benefit raises funds to support the work of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.
Each year, more than 40,000 patients count on Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, screenings for common health conditions, annual exams, vaccines and more. It provides more than 500 hours of sexual health education and advocate for increased access to health care. All services are offered at low-to-no cost to individuals, families and schools.
5:42 pm | October 7, 2019
At their annual Fall Benefit, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley welcomed 375 guests to the Pasadena Langham Huntington Hotel. The event raised over $378,000 in much-needed funds for the organization’s four health care centers located in Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Alhambra and Glendora.
The evening honored Joan Caillouette for more than 60 years of service and dedication to the organization’s mission. Caillouette began volunteering at the Pasadena health center in the early 1960s. For the next 15 years, she became a warm and dependable presence caring for patients each week and even enlisting the help of her husband, Dr. James Caillouette. In the 1970s and 80s she served two terms as the chair of the Board of Directors. She has also chaired the patron committee for the Fall Benefit for nearly 60 years.
Emcees for the event were Roni Geva and Margaret Katch, creators of the pro-choice comedy, CTRL ALT DELETE, an award-winning short film series that highlights their passions for female-driven stories and the intersection of art and activism.
Founded in 1933 by Pasadena residents dedicated to women’s health, PPPSGV is not only among the oldest of Planned Parenthood affiliates—they’re also one of the fastest growing. Today, they see over 60,000 patient visits per year and deliver over 15,000 opportunities for sex and relationship education in local schools and colleges.
Photography by SHIRLEY HUANG
TW: Rape, all terrible things— Yes, I'm A Fire Sign (@KateAllDay) May 17, 2019
So I need to tell a story.
It's about a day I lied to a very nice professional at Planned Parenthood.
I told her that a man I did not want to have sex with had locked me in a room and forced me to take off my clothes.
A painful thread
Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley hosted its annual Fall Benefit at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Saturday.
Hundreds of donors, advocates, and community and business leaders turned out for the event, which marks the organization’s 85th anniversary serving 24 communities. Stephanie Dencik and Stephanie McLemore served as the event’s co-chairs; Sheri Bonner is the local organization’s CEO.
Emcee Cristela Alonso shared her stories of finding care as a Latina and local high school students Amanda Estevez and Nick Sanchez brought the audience to their feet with their transformative experiences as Peer Advocates, serving as resources for sexual and reproductive health information in their schools and communities.
Other speakers included Dave Quast, PP Advocates board member and long-time advocate, and Dr. Leah Torres, a Utah-based OB/GYN whose health advocacy had helped bridge divides across conservative and progressive communities, states and countries.