I’m co-chairing Planned Parenthood Young Leaders annual throw-down, Party Like a Rock Star, and I sure would appreciate your support. Get the details & buy tickets or donate here.
Why should you donate?
- This is a vision I bet you can get behind: Planned Parenthood seeks a world in which all children are wanted and cared for, all women and men have equal rights and dignity, sexuality is expressed with honesty, equality, and responsibility, and the decision to bear children is private and voluntary.
- All of the party expenses have been underwritten, so 100% of your donation will go directly to support Planned Parenthood’s preventive medical care, education, and advocacy services. Here’s a list of what that really means.
- The key to protecting our rights and keeping Planned Parenthood open? Educating and energizing younger generations of supporters, the people who will become PP’s volunteers, advocates, donors, board members, and leaders. That’s what Planned Parenthood Young Leaders is about.
- You will never see another fundraiser with people-watching like this one, although you may be too busy dancing like mad to notice. Trust me. People throw down at this event.
- It coincides with fabulous PP advocate Fiona Dawson‘s birthday, so is doubling as her celebration. And you wouldn’t want to disappoint Fiona, would you?
- Finally, not just anyone will donate to Planned Parenthood. You are not just anyone. I know you. You believe in liberty, justice, and reproductive rights. You have opinions, but you back them up with action. You understand the importance of backing your beliefs with your wallet.
I once spoke to Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade. She was advising me on whether to pursue a law degree, and what to do with it once I got it. She reminded me that fighting the good fight on the front lines of advocacy and policy work matters deeply, but just as important is the fact that a few people have to be ready to write the big checks.
There is never any shame in writing the checks that fund the movement, and donating makes you just as important as marching, volunteering, or doing any other kind of direct action or service. So write the check (or plug in your credit card numbers to get those frequent flyer miles. No shame in that, either!)
This is the 10th anniversary of that first event, and it will be wild. As the theme suggests, you are encouraged to dress like your favorite rock star, and trust me, people go all out.
That’s our awesome supporter Jim, rocking the jumpsuit like few men could.
Last year, we had several Lady Gagas, a few Amy Winehouses, and a Gene Simmons who had to be seven feet tall. I was particularly amused by this photo I found on Flickr of someone I didn’t even see at the event:
Yes, Olivia Newton John from her Physical video.
I do appreciate your willingness to read this far, and to consider supporting the event. July 31st will be a great night for a great cause, and I’d love for you to be part of the celebration.
Just in case you want to check on the authenticity of ONJ’s costume: