Residents raise $35,000 for Planned Parenthood
Katherine Humphrey, Jim Offield and Jim Norton gather in support of Planned Parenthood. (Courtesy photo / June 29, 2012)
Attendance at the annual Healthy Families Benefit doubled from last year to 200 guests and raised nearly $35,000 for reproductive health care for women and men.
Nationally renowned speaker, illustrator and actor, Tami Evans, talked about the importance of sex education.
"Our bodies are like a Buggati Veyron 16.4 -- boasting a maximum speed of more than 248 miles per hour -- full of potential, beauty and unlimited speed," said Evans. "What if no one had bothered to teach us how to safely drive a car, and then put us behind the wheel of a Buggati Veyron?"
"If no one takes time to teach us how to drive our bodies safely, there will be dents; we could hurt ourselves or somebody else," she continued.
Harbor Springs resident Jim Offield made a special speaking appearance in response to the recent passing of HB 5711 from the Michigan House and the censuring of two House Representatives.
"I am still reeling from this week's events," shared Offield. "In this day and age it is mind numbing to think that for the first time in our lives choice may not be an option. Planned Parenthood needs our support more than ever. I and my family have made Planned Parenthood our first priority. I ask all of you to give all you can, post on social media, inform your friends, and contact your Michigan State Senators and Governor Snyder to ask them to defeat this bill. We will not, can not be defeated."