NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s 31st Annual Evening of Chocolate Gala is fast approaching!
The Evening of Chocolate Gala is our signature event of the year, where supporters of reproductive freedom in Maryland step up and support the policy and political arm of the movement. After careful consideration, we have decided to go ahead and keep the event date as scheduled and conduct the event virtually. This year, we are honoring our Attorney General Brian Frosh, a true champion for reproductive rights. The event will be a combination of videos honoring Brian, messages about reproductive freedom from our sponsors, highlights about our work, and a live stream portion featuring Brian in which folks can hop online to watch and cheer. Baskets of chocolate desserts, refreshing beverages, and swag will be delivered to sponsors; while event tickets holders can expect a little something as well.
If you are familiar with our organization, then you know that there are two ways to support our affiliate’s work: by giving to the 501(c)3 arm, The NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund, where your tax deductible donation supports the outreach, organizing, policy research advocacy work we do. You may also choose to give to our 501(c)4 arm, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, where your contribution (which is not tax deductible), supports our lobby and political work.
Many of our initiatives are multi-year projects. Improving or increasing access to care and rights may include strategies such as policy research, public awareness campaigns, professional training, and development of best practices protocols, which are the focus of the 501(c)3 organization. If desired change or reform is not achieved, the results of that work inform the agenda of our 501(c)4 entity to pursue regulatory, policy, or legislative initiatives.
Our affiliate engages in 8 issue campaigns developed to protect and further reproductive health, rights, and justice:
- Addressing deceptive advertising and practices of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers
- Improving sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights in public schools
- Improving sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights on public college campuses
- Parenting with dignity and in economic security
- Advocating for those in the care/custody/control of the state
- Improving maternal health outcomes
- Furthering access to contraception
- Protecting and advancing access to abortion care
Tax deductible sponsorships to the Evening of Chocolate Gala this year will support the Jonathan Shurberg Legal & Policy Research Internship Fund, the Reproductive Justice Inside Coalition, and our newly launched statewide Access Team Initiative. Contributions to the 501(c)4 will support our work for the upcoming 2021 Maryland General Assembly and our goal to create a new position for a membership and political director to guide us through the 2022 election cycle.