WV FREE gala draws Kimberly Inez McGuire of URGE
CHARLESTON — To commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, WV FREE will host their annual benefit gala on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6-9 p.m. at the Beni Kedem Shrine on Quarrier Street, near the Civic Center.
The gala will feature Executive Director of URGE, Kimberly Inez McGuire as the evening’s keynote speaker. The evening will also include honoring the 2019 Helaine Rotgin Champion for Choice awardees, Rob Bastress and the pro-bono attorneys of Mountain State Justice.
Gala guests will enjoy food, drinks, a silent auction, prizes, and live music.
Tickets are $75. For more information, visit wvfree.org or call 304-342-9188.
“We are excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary with such a stellar line up of awardees of the Helaine Rotgin Champion for Choice award. I’ve seen Kimberly Inez McGuire speak and she can tackle serious issues with humor that will have the crowd really engaged,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, CEO of WV FREE.
Kimberly Inez McGuire is an award-winning communications strategist, queer Latina reproductive justice advocate, and lifelong policy wonk with more than a decade of experience creating and implementing winning strategies to reshape the public narrative and policy landscape.
As a child, McGuire lived in Logan, West Virginia. As Executive Director of URGE: Unite for
Reproductive & Gender Equity, Kimberly leads the organization in building a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships, and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency.
A prominent spokesperson on reproductive justice and public policy, Kimberly has been featured in: Washington Post, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, Color Lines, ThinkProgress and other outlets.
WV FREE is a reproductive health, rights, and justice organization, working for West Virginia women and families by improving education on reproductive options, increasing access to affordable birth control, reducing teen pregnancy, improving adolescent health, engaging voters about reproductive justice issues, promoting policy that eliminates barriers to education, health care, and economic stability, and protecting personal decision-making, including the decision of whether or when to have a child.
Organizations affiliated with WV FREE include social justice organizations, student groups, social workers, health care providers, and religious groups.
They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit wvfree.org to learn more.