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NARAL Pro-Choice America's Pro-Choice / Pro-Chocolate Celebration

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Ethical Society Building
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

By popular demand, we are bringing back the Pro-Choice / Pro-Chocolate Celebration in Philadelphia! Mingle with your pro-choice friends and enjoy delicious chocolate treats, champagne, coffee, tea – and even a chocolate martini fountain! Delectable submissions by some of Philadelphia's most talented chocolatiers and pastry chefs, competing for judges' prizes and the coveted People's Choice Award.

Special Guest

Ilyse Hogue

President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Celebrity Judges:

Sally Kohn
CNN contributor / columnist for the Daily Beast

Senator Vincent Hughes
Democratic Chair of Appropriations Committee and State Senator

Representative Brian Sims
Member, PA House of Representatives

Honorable Patrick J. Murphy
Former US Congressman 

Councilwoman Cindy Bass
Member, Philadelphia City Council

Ticket Levels

  • $50  Ticket
  • $125 – Aficionado – 2 tickets to event, “Pro-Choice/Pro-Chocolate” coffee mug, listing in invitation/program
  • $250 – Enthusiast – 4 tickets to event, 2 mugs, small sampler box of chocolate treats, listing in invitation/program
  • $500 – Gourmet – 8 tickets to event, 4 mugs, medium sampler box of chocolate treats, listing in invitation/program, acknowledgement at event
  • $1,000 – Connoisseur – 16 tickets to event, 4 mugs, large sampler box of chocolate treats, listing in invitation/program, acknowledgement at event


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For more information please contact Melissa Schwartz at 202.973.3027 or

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a CNN contributor and columnist for the Daily Beast. Sally was previously a Fox News contributor, the motivation for her widely seen TED talk, as well as a regular guest on MSNBC. Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, More Magazine, Reuters, USA Today, Salon, Politico, Time and many other outlets. Her work has been highlighted by outlets from the New York Times to the Colbert Report to the National Review, and Sally is ranked by Mediaite as one of the top 100 most influential television pundits in America.

Sally also works as a communications consultant, providing media and public speaking coaching as well as ghostwriting services to key leaders in nonprofits and corporations.

Sally received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in D.C.  Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sally now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Sarah Hansen and their daughter Willa.  

Senator Vincent J. Hughes has been a member of the Pennsylvania Senate representing the 7th Senatorial District since November 1994. Prior to joining the Senate, Senator Hughes served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994. While a member of the Pennsylvania House, Senator Hughes chaired the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994.

In November 2010, Senator Hughes was elected Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As the Democratic Chairman, Senator Hughes plays a key role in developing Pennsylvania’s annual budget and establishing the state’s spending priorities. Prior to attaining his present leadership position, Senator Hughes served as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, the third highest ranking position, from 2008 to 2010.

Senator Hughes, the dean of the Senate Democratic Caucus, has been a champion on issues that impact directly on PA’s working communities. He helped spearhead efforts to raise the minimum wage and continues to fight to establish a statewide jobs program. With respect to providing health insurance for Pennsylvania’s uninsured, Senator Hughes has been and continues to be a leader and vocal advocate and sponsored numerous pieces of legislation throughout his entire legislative career.

State Representative Brian K. Sims represents the 182nd District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 2012, he became the first elected openly-LGBT legislator in the Commonwealth’s history.

He is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). He also has extensive experience as a guest lecturer.

Since his inauguration, Representative Sims has focused on making Philadelphia safer, strengthening and protecting public education, preserving services for seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians, making affordable health care more available, expanding civil rights for all Pennsylvanians, preserving our environment while investing in alternative energy, creating jobs and cleaning up Harrisburg.

Patrick Murphy is America’s first Iraq veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, and has been a litigator and champion for his fellow veterans.  He is a partner at the national law firm Fox Rothschild LLP and Host of the MSNBC show ‘Taking the Hill.’

During his two terms in congress, Patrick was a prolific legislator, authoring the bill to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, the Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act, and the Improve Act – each of which became law.  He also led the fight for the largest increase in veterans’ benefits in American history, to include the passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. 

Besides his work at MSNBC and Fox Rothschild, Patrick serves on the board of the United States Military Academy at West Point and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass represents the 8th Council District in Northwest Philadelphia, which includes Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Germantown, Nicetown, Tioga, Logan, and parts of North Philadelphia.

Councilwoman Bass is a life-long Philadelphian, having grown up in North Philadelphia, graduating from public high school, and received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University.

As Chair of Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, Councilwoman Bass has worked to raise the profile of Philadelphia’s parks and cultural institutions while also working to keep these areas safe and desirable for all Philadelphians.

Using her background in community development at Mt. Airy, USA, and experience as Senior Policy Advisor on Urban and Domestic Policy to Congressman Chaka Fattah, Councilwoman Bass is dedicated to revitalizing the commercial corridors of the 8th District. She works tirelessly to attract businesses and create safe neighborhoods.

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