POPP “Protect Our Planned Parenthood” event draws large crowd of supporters

A recent fundraiser at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar drew more than 200 supporters on Sunday, June 23, and raised more than $300,000 for the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties (CAF), the political arm of the local Planned Parenthood.

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Photos by Jasmin Ortiz

(L-R) Barbara MacGillivray and Keiko Sakamoto

The event, which was organized by co-chairs Teddie Ray, Cyd Swerdlow and Analisa Albert, began at golden hour, when attendees enjoyed abundant bubbly, rosé and refreshments side-by-side with fellow Planned Parenthood supporters. Wolffer Estate generously sponsored the evening’s refreshment, providing bottles of their signature Summer in a Bottle Côtes de Provence. Throughout the evening, guests were treated to culinary delights created by Chef Jessica Roy, known for her fresh, California flavors and highlighting healthy seasonal ingredients. The evening’s menu was curated by Michelin Star Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza.

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(L-R) Teddie Ray, Michele Goodwin, Cyd Swerdlow and Analisa Albert

Attendees heard remarks from Michele Goodwin, a former Chancellor’s Professor at UCI Law School, and now full-time faculty at Georgetown University Law School. She was previously a member of the PPOSBC board, and is an award-winning author and podcast host of “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin: Reporting, Rebelling, & Telling It Like It Is.”

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Crowd mingles

It’s been two years since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the nationwide right to an abortion. Since then, more than 20 states have banned or severely restricted access to abortion, and PPOSBC has treated and assisted hundreds of patients forced to travel for abortion care. Meanwhile, the fight for abortion access does not end outside of California’s borders – PPOSBC made history this year by filing one of the first legal challenges under California’s Proposition 1, enshrined into law after the 2022 midterm elections.

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(L-R) Victor Penan, Dr. Rick Bruck, Steve Velkei, Jon Dunn, Chris Duncan and Rodney Weeks

Attendees of the event were invited to “POPP” into the fight to protect Planned Parenthood services with donations to help get local elected officials into office who will support reproductive and family planning access and defeat dangerous anti-abortion initiatives.


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