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17th Annual Chicago Power of Choice Luncheon

We held our 17th Annual Chicago Power of Choice Luncheon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Karen Berkowitz, Steven Cohen, JoAnn Eisenberg, and Rabbi Michael Sternfield served as the event's co-chairs.

Chicago civic leader and television/radio journalist Sylvia Ewing kept the program going as the event's mistress of ceremonies, while Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, urged the more than 300 attendees to talk about their pro-choice values with people in their lives and connect the personal with the political.

We were honored that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivered the keynote speech. She spoke about the War on Women that anti-choice politicians are waging throughout the country:

They don't just want to go after the last 18 months, they want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America.

We've come a long way in women's health over the last few decades, but we are in a war.

Read more about the event from the Associated Press and on our blog,

It's Politics. It's Personal. It's Choice.

Take a look at the video we first shared with supporters at our Chicago event.


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Host Committee Sponsorship Levels

  • $25,000 - Council of Trustees Sponsor 
  • $10,000 - Benefactor Sponsor 
  • $5,000 - Patron Sponsor 
  • $2,500 - Host Committee Sponsor 

Ticket Levels

  • $1,000 - Justice Blackmun Society
  • $500 - Patron Ticket
  • $200 - Choice Supporter Ticket
  • $40 - Young Professional Ticket (35 and under) 

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Please make your membership DONATION payable to NARAL Pro-Choice America, a 501(c)(4) organization or NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions or gifts to NARAL Pro-Choice America are not tax-deductible. No funds will be earmarked or reserved for any political purpose. The first $10 of your annual gift keeps your membership status active for an additional year. Contributions to NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation are tax-deductible, with the exception of the $32 value of the meal per person that you indicate will attend the luncheon.

For further information or to be added to our invitation list, please contact Tracy Ricciardi at 202.973.3090 or

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