On April 7, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls will host soccer phenom and equality advocate Abby Wambach as the keynote speaker at their Annual Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. The theme of the Luncheon is ‘WOMEN & GIRLS = STRENGTH, RESILIENCE, POWER’.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls Annual Luncheon is a celebration of making a difference for women and girls throughout Fairfield County. According to the Fund, when you help a woman, you help her children, extended family, community and society. When you help girls find their voices or become leaders and reach their full potential, you change the world.
This highly anticipated annual event attracts more than 800 friends and supporters from Connecticut and beyond. Their contributions impact thousands of women and girls throughout Fairfield County, they learn about the Fund’s community leadership work, and hear from women who have benefited from their philanthropy. Previous keynote speakers have included the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Geena Davis, Dr. Madeleine Albright, Soledad O’Brien, Cokie Roberts and Gloria Steinem.
“We are honored to host Abby Wambach. She has certainly earned her spot among the world’s best athletes as a game-changer and is making a difference as a world-changer. Her dedication and determination to have everyone treated equally is inspiring and at the heart of the mission of the Fund for Women and Girls,” stated Suzanne B. Peters, Vice President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls.
Net proceeds from the Luncheon will support the Family Economic Security Program (FESP) at Housatonic Community College. Built on the successful pilot program at Norwalk Community College, FESP will ensure that 400 low-income students, over a four period, persist, graduate and move into family-sustaining employment.
This year’s luncheon is co-chaired by Fund for Women and Girls dedicated volunteers Annie Burleigh from Darien, CT and Maya Tichio from Greenwich, CT. Ticket information for the Annual Luncheon Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls can be found at www.TheFWG.org.
Champion sponsors of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls include: TFI envision; Stamford Health; Manatuck Hill Partners, PKF O’Connor Davies; Neuberger Berman; Spinnaker Real Estate Partners; Shipman & Goodwin; Pullman & Comley; Cohen and Wolf; First County Bank, HHG; FACTSET; Chelsea Piers; Nielsen’s Florist; King Low Heywood School, NBC Sports and Norwalk Community College Foundation. Media sponsors include Moffly Media; Hearst Media; News12 Connecticut and Star 99.9 and the Fox.
About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and The Fund for Women and Girls
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.
The Fund for Women and Girls, a special interest fund of the Foundation, is the largest women’s fund in New England. Since 1998 The Fund has invested $5 million in grants to more than 50 organizations serving more than 9,000 women and girls. Programs serving females ages 5 to 90 are being funded in 22 municipalities in Fairfield County and 40 schools. The Fund is a member of the global Women’s Funding Network and the White House endorsed Prosperity Together.
About Abby Wambach
Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion is a leader on and off the field. Recently retired, Abby is now embracing issues such as equal rights. Her drive, determination and teamwork led the US Women’s Soccer team to victory time after time, and earned her the world record for most international goals scored by a male or female player.
Abby Wambach is currently the #1 all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. The USA’s dynamic leader was her country’s leading scorer in the past two Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. Abby is a true leader on and off the field, an ambassador for Right to Play and USAID among other organizations. In 2015, she was named one of TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World.