NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s 26th Annual Evening of Chocolate Gala

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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s 26th annual Evening of Chocolate Gala this Saturday at 8pm celebrates the achievements of Delegate Ariana Kelly and of Spencer Hall. Also attending are candidates for U.S Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and more than 200 NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland supporters.

Diana Philip, the new Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland said, “The Chocolate Gala is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and this years’ Choice Advocate Awardees, but we cannot ignore the attacks on reproductive freedom that are happening. This year, we are proudly honoring two Marylanders who are helping to expand reproductive rights in our state.”

“The Choice Advocate award is a tremendous honor. It is especially meaningful to be recognized for my work on a broad range of reproductive issues, from maternity and paternity leave to childbirth options to maternal mental health. Improving the world for women who choose to be mothers is a fundamental pro-choice value,” says Delegate Kelly, one of the Choice Advocate Awardees. Spencer Hall, also a Choice Advocate Awardee, expressed her excitement for the Evening of Chocolate Gala, saying, “I am truly honored to receive the Choice Advocate award. The right to choose is meaningless for so many folks across Maryland who cannot afford to access safe abortion care. With the support of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and others, I started the Baltimore Abortion Fund to help make that right a reality. I would like to thank NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and their members for their continued support, and for their commitment to breaking down the remaining barriers to reproductive justice in our state. Now who's up for a chocolate martini?”

WHAT: NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s Annual Evening of Chocolate Gala WHEN: September 19, 2015, 8:00-11:00 pm
WHERE: Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Ln, Clarksville, MD 21029

Current elected officials sponsoring the Gala include: Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Sarbanes, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Senator Jamie Raskin, Senator Roger Manno, Senator Rich Madaleno, Senator Karen Montgomery, Senator John Astle, Senator Guy Guzzone, Senator Brian J. Feldman, Senator Nancy King, Delegate Shelia Hixson, Delegate David Moon, Delegate Will Smith, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Delegate Aruna Miller, Delegate Bonnie Cullison, Delegate Ben Kramer, Delegate Maricé Morales, Delegate Charles Barkley, Delegate Kirill Reznik, Delegate Shane Robinson, Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Delegate Shane Pendergrass, Delegate Frank Turner, Delegate Dereck Davis, Delegate Anne Kaiser, Delegate Marc Korman, Delegate Brooke Lierman, Delegate Eric Luedtke, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Delegate Mary Washington, Councilmember Nancy Floreen, Councilmember Tom Hucker, Councilmember George Leventhal, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Councilmember Hans Riemer.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is the political leader of the pro-choice movement in Maryland and works to develop and sustain a constituency that works to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. Money raised at the event supports NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s advocacy work.

Contact for further information: Amber Banks: 301-565-4151 amber@prochoicemd.org 

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