A Herstory of Promoting Women’s Wellness
In October of 1996 the first Gulfport women’s dance was held in memory of Sonia Plotnick, Phyllis Plotnick’s mother, who died of breast cancer in 1964. Phyllis, a long-time lesbian activist, taught hundreds of people in the Tampa Bay LBGT community the joys of ballroom dancing. The proceeds of the 1996 dance were given to the Women’s Energy Bank to help women pay for mammograms and breast cancer treatment. In 1997, the dance organizers decided the women’s community needed assistance with its overall healthcare needs. This realization led to the establishment of the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.
Nearly 1,000 women have been served by the Fund since its inception. Over the years, the Fund has seen an increasing demand for assistance with a variety of healthcare needs. The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund has provided over $220,000.00 in healthcare grants to women in our community since 1997.