The Goddess Prom - an annual benefit party for Planned Parenthood of Greater TX
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May 2014

Prom 2014 - The Donation

I apologize that it's taken me a while to send any kind of Prom wrap-up announcement.  I've been working through some unexpected details, trying to determine what it means for our final donation.

It definitely felt like the room was less crowded than in past years (even considering we were in a much bigger room).  Attendance felt light.  It wasn't until I sat down with the sign-in sheets the next day that I realized just how light: the numbers tell me that a whopping 31% of the folks who said they were coming did not show up.   A couple of them have reached out since then, but for the most part I think I have to accept that I'm just not going to know why so many folks didn't show.

Unfortunately, since we had budgeted our bar guarantee for the venue based on the number we thought we'd have, and since we were not even close to that number of guests, we didn't end up making our bar guarantee.  The shortfall had to come out of the proceeds.

Yes, it's a shame, but - I don't write this with any intention other than to keep you all informed.  I don't want to tell you what the final donation is and then have you all emailing me saying "but at the party you said it was so much more!".  Yes.  I know.  But I didn't get the news about the bar shortfall until AFTER the announcement.  Very unfortunate.

So, here we are:  the donation to PP this year is $1100.

Yes, prior to this year's Prom I was completely convinced we were going to break our donation record again, and yes, this donation is actually less than our first donation in 2011. 

However, I choose not to think of it as a failure; there were a lot of new factors at play this year which affected the outcome.  I choose to remember the party as so much fun, with fantastic dresses and painted faces and celebrity prom dates, and at least a dozen new guests who are already excited for next year's Prom.  I will cherish the memory of rocking out on stage at The North Door, and all of you rocking out with me.  I will cheerfully hand out the rest of the Goddess Prom 2014 lip balms, with their cute little pink sparkly stickers, to anyone who will take them (I spent a lot of time on those, after all, and it's by far the best lip balm I think I've ever used). 

I choose to focus on the work we did and the foundation we laid so that next year will most certainly rock even harder.

With sincere thanks for all you do,


Finding Power in the Smallest Action

Common Question:  I think Texas seems to really hate women, especially poor women.  It's a huge state with a huge problem, it's overwhelming, and I feel helpless.  What could I possibly do that would make any difference at all?

Answer:  Set up a monthly donation of $5.

Skeptical Follow-up Question:  What good can $5 do?...

Answer:  A whole world of good.

Scenario:  You decide to set up a monthly recurring donation of $5.  It takes no time at all to set up, and it's automatically deducted so you don't have to think about it.
                  There are 100 guests at The Goddess Prom.  Each guest decides to take this simple action.
                  PP of GTx now gets an additional $500 per month from the Goddess Prom collective donation.  Because of this:
     - Every month, an additional 5 low-income women in Austin will have access to their annual Well-Woman Exam for free.  Most of the time, this is the only time these women see a doctor all year.  At PP, this exam includes screenings for breast and cervical cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.
     - Every month, an additional 18 low-income women in Austin will be able to fill their birth control pill prescription for free, allowing them to remain in control of their reproductive lives and keep their job, or space their children apart in a healthy way, or achieve whatever goals they've set for themselves.

By this time next year, 60 Austin women will have had access to a Well-Woman Exam, and 216 monthly pill prescriptions will have been covered, because each of the Goddess Prom attendees decided to give $5 per month.

The Real Result: 
                Someone who goes in for their Well-Woman Exam will get a cancer screening that will provide her with an early diagnosis. 
Your $5 saved her life.
                A Texas teen who just started a serious relationship will go to PP for birth control and education.  She'll have the tools she needs to retain control of her life, stay in school, and reach her goal of graduating law school. 
Your $5 helped her get her law degree.  (Who knows?  Maybe she'll become the next Governor of Texas...)

If it doesn't matter what you do, then all that matters is what you do.

Question:  Can you do $5?
AnswerI can do that!

With thanks for all you do,

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