NOW’s “UNSUNG HERO” Award goes to Emergency Medical Assistance

NOWEMA honored with Palm Beach County National Organization of Women’s 2012 “Blood, Sweat and Tears Award”

At the Palm Beach County NOW  39th Annual Susan B Anthony Feminist of the Year Award Luncheon in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 18th, 2012, Meredith Ockman, President, Palm Beach County NOW and Vice President, Florida NOW presented EMA with their prestigious  award given to the “unsung hero”  in the community each year.  “We appreciate all that you do and would like to publicly acknowledge our admiration and gratitude…on behalf of NOW and on behalf of the women that you help each day,” Ockman said. “You each deserve the world. Congratulations from the PBC NOW Board and me.”
Mona Reis, CEO of Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, recognized the legacy of EMA’s founder Harriette Glasner –  “part Eleanor Roosevelt, part suffragette, and more than an equal of a freedom fighter”  – and introduced the EMA Board as “tireless, dedicated and committed “unsung heroes.”
“Their mission is one of equality and justice,” Reis said, “to ensure that women in our community can access abortion services without financial obstacles.”

“They never meet the women who are so humbled by their generosity and unique understanding of their heartfelt struggles during a difficult time,” Reis said, “but they do hear their stories that pull at their heartstrings- they fundraise on their behalf, they understand that without the ability to have access to abortion services, you can’t continue your education, be there for your other children, walk away from an abusive relationship, deal with a medical challenge or anomaly in the pregnancy—EMA “gets it” and the women of our community benefit each and every day from their “blood, sweat and tears”— we are all the better for it. EMA, you change lives—you give women hope.”

At Presidential Women’s Center, Reis said, the patients who receive EMA funding are more than grateful for the financial help from EMA. “These patients feel that EMA has saved their lives. Like this patient, I would like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to the women and men of EMA for the incredible, life-affirming work that you do.”


From left, Catherine Ford, Secretary; Sonja Swanson-Holbrook, Director; Rosemary Diehl,
Director; Susan Seufert, Director; Marcia Halpern, Treasurer; Maura Armstrong, Vice President;
and Francine Sachs, President.


Mona Reis, Presidential Women’s Center, West Palm Beach, speaks of EMA’s Unsung Heroes.


Meredith Ockman, left, and Francine Sachs, President of Emergency Medical Assistance, EMA.


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