Planned Parenthood's "Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Speech" awards gala on Nov. 6 at the Century Plaza honored Ted Turner, chairman and president of Turner Broadcasting, actress Candice Bergen and Susie Russell Tompkins, co-founder and creative director of Esprit. The event netted almost $450,000 to support Campaign '91, a $1.75-million drive to fund four new family-planning clinics. The campaign is headed by Mary Jane Wagle and Suzanne R. Campi.
* Union Rescue Mission's second annual gala, held Nov. 7 at the Beverly Hilton, celebrated receipt of $15 million raised by Los Angeles businessmen and political leaders for construction of a new building to serve the homeless and needy. The gala was hosted by Mayor Tom Bradley and John P. Singleton, vice chairman, Security Pacific Corp.
* John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary held its membership luncheon Nov. 5 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire and presented a check for $465,000 to the institute. The 600-member auxiliary raised the money this year with a series of activities that included the Odyssey Ball and the Kevin Dobson Celebrity Golf Classic.
* Holy Cross Medical Center Foundation held its 10th annual fund-raising gala Oct. 12 at the Universal City Hilton and Towers. The medical facility will receive $328,000, net proceeds of the event that included a silent auction, dining, dancing and awards.