I Stand with Planned Parenthood Tucson Luncheon



    Friday, April 15, 11:15 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Tucson at the Tucson Convention Center. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information lease contact Edna Meza Aguirre at edaguirre@ppaz.org or (520) 784-5810. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

    Featuring special guest Actress Martha Plimpton and
    Honorary Chair Councilwoman Regina Romero

    Martha Plimpton

    Martha Plimpton is an accomplished and Award-winning actress who has achieved success across stage, screen and television. Her work in the television includes the series Raising Hope for which she was nominated for an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” and twice for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy.” She is also set to star in the forthcoming “The Real O’Neal’s.”

    Regina RomeroTucson Councilwoman Regina Romero has enthusiastically agreed to serve as our Honorary Chair. She is the youngest of 6 children born to immigrant parents and was the first member of her family to vote and graduate from college.  Romero achieved two more firsts in 2007 when she became the first Latina elected to the Tucson City Council and the first woman to represent Tucson’s historic Ward 1.  Romero has dedicated her life to pursuing justice and improving the world around her and is a pro-child, pro-family and pro-choice mother of two.

    We are please to honor the Sunnyside Unified School District at the luncheon. This past year the district decided to launch comprehensive, medically accurate sexual health education. The district will achieve this with the help of a coalition led by Tucson-based Child & Family Resources, in partnership with Planned Parenthood and Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services.  This advance will help Sunnyside students avoid unintended pregnancy, premature parenting and the resulting risk of school dropout. Planned Parenthood is pleased to honor them at this year’s lunch and hope that other districts across the state will join them in bringing this important curriculum to their students.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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