Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Fall Benefit Held Saturday

Amanda Estevez, SheriBonner and NickSanchezDave Quast, Sheri Bonner, Dr. Leah TorresDr. Noah Nattell and Kathryn SchoendorfEmcee Cristela AlonzoSally DeWitt, Rep. Judy Chu, Sheri BonnerSheri Bonner, Hector Rodriguez, Sally DeWitt


3:00 pm | October 1, 2018

Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) held its annual Fall Benefit on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Langham Huntington Hotel. The event began at 6:30 pm.

A PPPSGV tradition since the 1960s, the Fall Benefit is the organization’s signature fundraiser and welcomes 400 of the region’s top philanthropists and community leaders each year. This year marks the organization’s 85th anniversary. The Fall Benefit was a celebration of PPPSGV’s long standing dedication to Pasadena and its surrounding communities. The main purpose of the event was to raise essential funds to support Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley’s four health centers located in Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Alhambra, and Glendora. Each year, PPPSGV sees more than 60,000 patient visits, and provides 11,000 opportunities for sex and relationship education local schools and colleges.

Joan C. Caillouette, former Board Member and long-time volunteer, served her eighth consecutive year as Patron Chair. Joining her as the Event Co-Chairs were Board Member Stephanie McLemore and supporter Stephanie Dencik. The patron committee members were Debra & David Beadle, Annie Brose, Judith Brown, Colleen Carey, Ceinwyn Clark, Sally De Witt, Kathy & Bob Gillespie, Fiona Harwich, Samantha Levra, Bonner Meudell, Carlin & David McCarthy, Jennifer McNulty, Anne Peterson, Dave Quast, Gretchen Seager, Juliana Serrano, Sonia Astrid Solin, Nick & Karen Taylor, Deborah Williams, and Yvonne Zaro.

This year’s Fall Benefit featured emcee Cristela Alonzo and speaker Dr. Leah Torres. Ms. Alonzo was the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own network sitcom, “Cristela”. She was also one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their daytime talk show, “The View.” Dr. Leah Torres is an OB/GYN based in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to her generalist practice, she has built an online social media following primarily on her discussions surrounding abortion care. Dr. Torres works tirelessly to dispel myths about abortion and reproductive health, frequently engaging with people who hold opposing viewpoints and focusing on sharing scientific facts.

For more information on Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley call (626) 798-0706 or visit