New evening soiree at Bass Hall raises $250,000 for Planned Parenthood
What: An Evening with Planned Parenthood
Where: Bass Performance Hall
The 411: Several hundred people gathered at Bass Hall on March 31 for the annual Fort Worth Planned Parenthood fundraiser, which took a different form this year. Instead of the traditional luncheon, it transitioned to an early evening event.
After a VIP reception in the Green Room and then drinks and cocktails in the foyer, guests gathered in the concert hall for the program. The presentation started with comments from event co-chairs Jill Black and Hilary Weinstein, Planned Parenthood president and CEO Ken Lambrecht, and Shawn Wills, Planned Parenthood chief development officer. The late Lezlie Culver, former Planned Parenthood Fort Worth community board chair, was also honored for her many years of service to the organization.
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Then retired beloved broadcaster from WFAA/Channel 8, Gloria Campos, led an on-stage conversation with Washington insider and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, Jennifer Palmieri. Palmieri was White House Communications Director for President Obama and head of communications for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She's the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dear Madam President and the new book, She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World.
The annual Fort Worth event raises crucial funds to support Planned Parenthood’s healthcare services, community health education programs, and advocacy on behalf of Texans. In total, this year's event raised $250,000, far exceeding their goal, organizers say.
Who: Notable attendees included Fort Worth City Council members Elizabeth Beck and Chris Nettles, as well as Courtney Leatherton, Debbie Cooley, Hilary Weinstein, Ken Lambrecht, Margaret DeMoss, Jill Black, Ryan Delabar, Matthew Branch, Cathie Davis, Elizabeth Doane, Bronson Davis, Suhail Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Dr. Cheryl McDonald, Lise Bessant Jazmine Hill, and Destyni Torres.
Also, many volunteers for the evening were students at University of North Texas Health Science Center.