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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ribbon cutting at Aurora center

Today, nearly 200 of our favorite donors, local volunteers and clinic staff met at our Aurora center to cut the proverbial ribbon (actually there was a real ribbon and a really big pair of scissors) and to congratulate each other on a job well done. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President, Cecile Richards (pictured at left), joined us to celebrate.

In her remarks, Cecile spoke of the founding of Planned Parenthood over 90 years ago -

When Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in New York, she and her sister, along with one volunteer, served 464 women with birth control before the police busted them, took them to jail and shut them down. That was the start of a movement that changed women's lives forever.

Ninety-one years later donors and volunteers were given tours of Planned Parenthood's newest and biggest facility - pointing to how far we truly have come in that time. As donors toured the health center, many were awed by the attention to detail evidenced in the design and by the fact that design and construction decisions were firmly rooted in how the patient would experience the center.

While most of us don't look forward to our next Pap smear, more than a few were heard to say they'd love to come to the center for their next annual exam.

Steve Trombley, our President and CEO, thanked donors and staff for everything they have put into the center. Steve reserved a special thank you for Aurora residents who fought to get this center open. "This is your center as much as it is ours," Steve pointed out.

A great way to celebrate the opening of our Aurora health center is to give a donation. Just click here to give a donation online.

Stay tuned for video of Cecile's remarks...

2 Comments:

Blogger Andrea said...

Woo Hoo! It was a fabulous event!

There were several guests who had tears in their eyes after touring the health center. They were overwhelmed w/ the attention to detail and high level of care given to clients.
It truly is beautiful!

October 11, 2007 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous brooke said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Just a pro choicer in florida who has been getting chills and tears in her eyes everytime this endeavor has made deserved progress. Keep fighting for women's rights and we'll keep backing you up. Im so thankful for people like YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 13, 2007 at 10:23 PM  

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