News and Stories: Gathering of Goddesses and Gods Sold Out for First Time
Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) is thrilled to announce that the upcoming Gathering of Goddesses and Gods is sold out for the first time in history. Nearly 700 women and men are planning to attend the event on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Indianapolis. This event raises money for PPIN’s Women’s Health Fund, which assists low-income women and men with critical reproductive health services, including Pap tests, breast exams, STD testing and treatment and birth control.
“We are fortunate to have a loyal and passionate following of supporters who understand the importance of raising funds for women and men who desperately need the health care and family planning services we provide around the state,” said PPIN President and CEO Betty Cockrum.
It’s no wonder supporters are clamoring to attend. The fundraiser will feature, as a part of ticket prices, a tremendous number of opportunities to be pampered and to bid on rare, interesting and fun items in the live and silent auctions. Massages, body art, psychic readings, and exceptional food and wines will all be on hand.
Indianapolis philanthropist and women’s health advocate Deborah Simon is the honorary chair of the event. Ms. Simon is the current PPIN board chair and was an instrumental leader in the agency’s Tapestry of Strength Capital & Endowment Campaign which raised $7.3 million to renovate or relocate health centers and build an endowment to support education and health services for generations to come. She is the chair of the Simon Youth Foundation and also supports numerous humanitarian, arts, youth and Jewish organizations in the community.
The event will have a new twist this year - patient stories delivered by local actors. The artists are donating their time to emphasize the important health care services that Planned Parenthood provides. They’ll also help make the evening’s program exciting by improvising during the live auction.
During 2010, the Women’s Health Fund provided assistance to more than 4,200 Indiana patients.