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Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Dinner

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, pro-choice leaders from across the country came together to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade at The Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Video from the Event


Keynote Speaker

Stephanie CutterStephanie Cutter
Former Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America

Stephanie Cutter was the deputy campaign manager for President Obama's re-election campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, she served as a senior adviser to the president. Cutter first joined the Obamas in 2008 as chief of staff to Michelle Obama and senior adviser to then-Sen. Obama, and she served as chief spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Before moving to the White House, Cutter served as counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. She is also the founder of the Cutter Media Group, LLC, a strategic communications firm, and served as a senior strategist for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and Sen. John Kerry. She held several positions in the Clinton administration, including White House deputy communications director. A graduate of Smith College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Cutter has also served as a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Master of Ceremonies

Ross MatthewsRoss Mathews
Comedian & TV Correspondent

For more than a decade, Ross Mathews has interviewed some of the biggest stars in the world and has made the nation laugh all the while. Whether he was covering movie premieres, the Olympic Games, or the Academy Awards, Ross’ unique approach is always fresh, outrageous and fun. In Ross’ senior year in college he was an un-paid intern at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  On his last day, he was given the opportunity to be a correspondent and was soon traveling the world, interviewing everyone from Oscar winners to British royalty. Currently, Ross continues his Tonight Show correspondent duties and is a weekly regular panelist and Guest-Host on E!’s hit late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately. It was also recently announced that Ross will star in and produce a talk-show pilot for E! with Chelsea Handler’s production company, Borderline Amazing. Ross resides in Los Angeles with his family and blogs daily at

Featured Speakers

Nancy KeenanNancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Under Nancy's leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice America has an impressive array of achievements under its belt. NARAL's prowess as a policy expert, lobbying force and political influence is well-known. Leading media, including the CBS Evening News, The New York Times, and MSNBC, turn to Nancy Keenan as the leading thoughtful, strategic voice of the pro-choice movement. The Detroit News described her as both "forthright and politically savvy." The American Prospect called her organization's work to develop a values-based pro-choice message "a cunning strategy" that allows "advocates to define the terms of the debate."

Ilyse HogueIlyse Hogue
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America is excited to welcome Ilyse Hogue, as the new President of NARAL Pro- Choice America.

Ilyse joins NARAL Pro-Choice America as the former senior advisor to Media Matters for America, the not-for-profit media accountability organization. She is also the former co-founder and co-director of Friends of Democracy Super PAC, a group that works to advance campaign finance reform, and the former director of political advocacy and communications for

Read Ilyse's remarks at the dinner >>


Tammy DuckworthCongresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries. Following her recovery, Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006. After a narrow loss, she became Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.


  • $25,000 Council of Trustees Sponsor- Two tables of 10, guests receive a VIP gift bag, one complimentary parking pass, and a special program listing
  • $10,000 Benefactor Sponsor- One table of 10, guests receive a 40th anniversary gift bag, and a special program listing
  • $6,000 Patron Sponsor- One table of 10, guests receive a 40th anniversary gift, and a special program listing
  • $3,000 Choice Supporter Sponsor- One table of 10, guests receive a Trust Women tote bag, and a special program listing
  • $1,500 Justice Blackmun Society- Two dinner tickets, and a special program listing
  • $650 Patron Ticket- One dinner ticket
  • $300 Choice Supporter Ticket- One dinner ticket
  • $100 Future Direction Committee Ticket (35 and under)- One dinner ticket

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Attn: Special Events, NARAL Pro-Choice America, 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005

For more information, or to be added to our invitation list, please contact Tracy Ricciardi at or 202.973.3090.

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Corporate and Organizational Sponsors



The Winslow Foundation






American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP
Jewish Women International
Mobile Commons
National Partnership for Women & Families

Please make your donation payable to NARAL Pro-Choice America, a 501(c)(4) organization or NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions or gifts to NARAL Pro-Choice America are not tax-deductible. No funds will be earmarked or reserved for any political purpose. The first $10 of your annual gift keeps your membership status active for an additional year. Contributions to NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation are tax-deductible, with the exception of the value of the benefits provided and the meal per person that you indicate will be attending the event.

The Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Dinner Sweepstakes is sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice America, 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite, 700, Washington, DC 20005. A purchase or contribution is not necessary to enter and will not increase chances of winning. Void where prohibited. You can enter the contest without making a contribution by submitting this card with your name, address, phone number, and email address to the address above. Entries by mail must be received by Sponsor by 5:30 p.m. on February 4, 2013. You may also enter in person at the Dinner on February 5, 2013 without making a contribution by submitting an entry card in person. Only U.S. citizens or lawful residents over the age of 18 who are residents of Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC are eligible. Prizes include a case of wine (approximate retail value: $1,200); NARAL Experience package (lunch with NARAL Pro-Choice America President, Ilyse Hogue, Four Patron Level tickets to the Roe v. Wade 41st Anniversary dinner. approximate retail value: $2,600); New York Package (two night stay at The Standard Hotel, gift certificate to Porsena, gift certificate to Porchetta, photograph from Douglas Levy Photography: approximate retail value: $1,050;). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion is subject to Official Rules, including restrictions on eligibility.

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