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Voices for Change

This Friday, May 20, the local chapter of national healthcare nonprofit Planned Parenthood will honor three Santa Cruz leaders for being the 2011 “Voices for Change.” The honorees include City Councilwoman Hilary Bryant, Congressman Sam Farr, and Good Times publisher Ron Slack. “We choose community leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting reproductive rights, women’s health and privacy,” explains Jessica Perry, development coordinator for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), the regional chapter of Planned Parenthood that includes locations in Santa Cruz County. “Each year we look to honor an elected official, [and] an active community member or volunteer.” The event will be a fundraiser for PPMM, and will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at a private residence on West Cliff Drive. Learn more about the event at ppactionca.org/santacruz.

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