Planned Parenthood has announced that it will grant former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “Champion of the Century” award at a gala next month celebrating the organization’s centennial anniversary.
Planned Parenthood announced that the gala, part of its “yearlong” centennial anniversary celebration, will take place in New York City.
The organization said in a press release that it was granting Clinton the award “for her 40 years of service to women and girls in this country.”
Cecile Richards, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement that “We’re proud to celebrate Planned Parenthood’s 100 years of strength and resilience at this moment in our history, as well as the tremendous outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood and our patients.”
“This Gala is a powerful reminder that Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years and will continue to be here for the people who rely on us, no matter what,” Richards said. “One hundred years of care, education, and activism have changed everything, and we will not rest until access to health care and rights is a reality for all people.”
Planned Parenthood will also give Shonda Rhimes — the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” who recently joined the organization’s national board — with the Champion of Change Award.
Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary took place in October of last year.