“Power of Choice” Recap

By Leigh

Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, host committee, volunteers and attendees who made Saturday’s inaugural “Power of Choice” event a great success.

Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies, Delegate David Englin, D-Alexandria, award winners, Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, and Karin Kirchoff and our guest speaker Jennifer Baumgardner for taking part in this celebration!

Early in the evening, volunteers arrived and scrambled to set up food, organize tables, and chill beverages. We transformed the Arlington Arts Center to a beautiful reception hall; one filled with purple tablecloths, sprinkled cupcakes, and bubbly proseco. During the hour of socializing, guests mingled, listened to jazz by the Nguyen Trio and enjoyed gourmet offerings.

Afterwards, the group gathered to hear words from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s Executive Director Tarina Keene, Delegate Englin, Ms. Baumgardner, and Senator Whipple.

As we wrote recently, Senator Whipple was the first recipient of our “Defender of Choice” award and received a standing ovation for her pro-choice efforts in the General Assembly. Karen Kirchoff, who also received a standing ovation, won the inaugural “Advocate of Choice” award for her work to keep NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia alive.

Then, our guest speaker, Jennifer Baumgardner began discussing her inspiration to become active with pro-choice issues and her “I Had an Abortion” campaign. Ms. Baumgardner emphasized that each situation pertaining to abortion, choice, and pregnancy is different and varied.

Luci Furious of Persephone Magazine, who was liveblogging at the event, wrote, “The energy and dedication to reproductive freedom in this room is infectious, Jennifer Baumgardner’s speech has highlighted…how it’s not as much of a black and white issue as it seems in mass media.” She’s right. Reproductive choice is a powerful idea that needs to be preserved.

This was my first event with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and I couldn’t agree more with Luci about the infectious energy. I knew I was honored to intern here, but now I am extremely proud, and even more determined to put forth all my energy to this spectacular, controversial cause. I had a fantastic evening chatting with my new co-workers, meeting members of the board, and educating myself about fundraising events. I left the event feeling excited about the future projects and events I will contribute to for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

I feel confident that the rest of those involved with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia had a wonderful time at this event, and I sincerely hope that all who attended did as well! If you weren’t able to come, check out our events page for ways to get involved in the future, or attend our Volunteer Orientation next week!

You can also still purchase Jennifer Baumgardner’s book from the event.

Check out some pictures from the event!

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