Luncheon Report

Reporting the facts with celeb journo nets Planned Parenthood $1.3 million

Reporting facts with celeb journo nets Planned Parenthood $1.3 million

Ron Kirk, Soledad O'Brien, Matrice Ellis-Kirk
Ron Kirk, Soledad O'Brien, Matrice Ellis-Kirk Photo by Kristina Bowman
Joyce Goss, Selwyn Rayzor, Jessica Nowitski
Joyce Goss, Selwyn Rayzor, Jessica Nowitski Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kara Goss, Jennifer Karol
 Kara Goss, Jennifer Karol Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ken Lambrecht
 Ken Lambrecht Photo by Kristina Bowman
Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien Photo by Kristina Bowman
Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis Photo by Kristina Bowman
Patrick McGee, Suzanne Perot McGee
Patrick McGee, Suzanne Perot McGee Photo by Kristina Bowman
Michelle Weiss, Heather Paffe, Cherie Holmes-Henry
Michelle Weiss, Heather Paffe, Cherie Holmes-Henry Photo by Kristina Bowman
Aparna Crosnoe, Abigail Sinwell, Karin Hoverman
Aparna Crosnoe, Abigail Sinwell, Karin Hoverman Photo by Kristina Bowman
Voices of Light Choir
 The Voices of Light Choir Photo by Kristina Bowman
Cindy Yared, Kalita Blessing, Leslie Mertz
Cindy Yared, Kalita Blessing, Leslie Mertz Photo by Kristina Bowman
Abra Garrett, Jane Hurst, Tracy Rathbun
Abra Garrett, Jane Hurst, Tracy Rathbun Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jabeen Zaidi, Kathy Clark, Sharon Devereux
 Jabeen Zaidi, Kathy Clark, Sharon Devereux Photo by Kristina Bowman
Nan Kirkpatrik, Margo McClinton Stoglin
Nan Kirkpatrik, Margo McClinton Stoglin Photo by Kristina Bowman
Darren Walker, Charron Denker
Darren Walker, Charron Denker Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ron Kirk, Soledad O'Brien, Matrice Ellis-Kirk
Joyce Goss, Selwyn Rayzor, Jessica Nowitski
Kara Goss, Jennifer Karol
Ken Lambrecht
Soledad O'Brien
Wendy Davis
Patrick McGee, Suzanne Perot McGee
Michelle Weiss, Heather Paffe, Cherie Holmes-Henry
Aparna Crosnoe, Abigail Sinwell, Karin Hoverman
Voices of Light Choir
Cindy Yared, Kalita Blessing, Leslie Mertz
Abra Garrett, Jane Hurst, Tracy Rathbun
Jabeen Zaidi, Kathy Clark, Sharon Devereux
Nan Kirkpatrik, Margo McClinton Stoglin
Darren Walker, Charron Denker

In what was one of Dallas' last massive gatherings, leaders in business, government, and philanthropy recently converged on the Hilton Anatole Hotel for the 30th annual Planned Parenthood Awards Luncheon.

Co-chairs Jennifer Karol and Kara Goss, along with a sizable luncheon committee, drew 1,000 supporters for an afternoon celebrating and supporting more than 85 years of reproductive healthcare and health education in North Texas.

Among the crowd were U.S. Congressman Colin Allred; Texas State Representatives Lorraine Birabil, Rhetta Andrews Bowers, Julie Johnson, Terry Meza, Victoria Neave, Toni Rose, Chris Turner, and John Turner; Dallas County Commissioners Teresa Daniel and Elba Garcia; and Dallas City Council Member Omar Navaez. Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk were also in the audience, as was Wendy Davis.

After an introduction from Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas president and CEO Kenneth Lambrecht, it was time for the awards. The Perot family joined in to celebrate Suzanne Perot McGee's being honored with the Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award. Local equal justice advocate Cynthia Wallace was named Volunteer of the Year. A performance by the Voices of Light Gospel Choir had guests on their feet to "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now."

Respected journalist and producer Soledad O'Brien was the keynote speaker, encouraging the crowd to give generously so North Texans could receive vital health screenings and services.

And give they did, raising more than $1.3 million in a show of support for the organization that supports more than 85,000 Central and North Texans each year in Austin, Corsicana, Dallas, Fort Worth, Paris, Tyler, Waco, and surrounding communities.