Social Eyes: Numbers Too Big To Ignore

The sold-out event, featuring Brooke Shields, raised more than $1 million to support causes for women and girls across metro Atlanta.

Donors Regan Lanier, Liz Blake, Lead Sponsor Southern Company Rep Meredith Lackey, Brooke Shields, Lead Donor Kaiser Permanente Rep Charmaine Ward-Millner, & AWF CEO Kari B. Love

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s “Numbers Too Big To Ignore” Luncheon raised more than a million dollars to support women’s and girls’ causes across metro Atlanta. The sold-out luncheon, held November 2nd at the Georgia World Congress Center’s Thomas Murphy Ballroom, featured celebrated actress, model, author, and women’s advocate Brooke Shields in conversation with WSB-TV anchor Linda Stouffer.

“I want women to feel valued,” Shields – who is celebrated for both extensive work as an actor and an advocate – told the crowd of 1600 attendees. “It’s not about ‘I am woman hear me roar,’ rather, ‘I am woman, hear me more.”

The luncheon, this year celebrating the organization’s 25th anniversary, serves as a platform to highlight issues impacting women and girls in Atlanta, fostering meaningful dialogue about issues at-risk women and girls face and ways to provide access to economic empowerment. Proceeds this year supported the newly launched “All Girls Forward” initiative, focusing on empowering girls experiencing poverty through education, mental and physical health, and pregnancy prevention, as well as the ongoing programs for impacting the lives of women living in poverty.

Those in attendance include: Juliet Asher, MD., Alice Ball, Liz Blake, Susana Chavez, Ilene Engel, Deborah Goodman, Etta Raye Hirsch, Anne & Tim Sheehan and Lucy Carpenter Vance.

Brooke being interviewed by Linda Stouffer of WSB-TV
AWF Board Chair Meredith Leapley
IBM reps Maurice and Theolyn Blackwood with AWF CEO Kari B Love
"I am Woman" singers Martina San Diego, Tori Alamaze, Hannah Zale, Anita Aysola, Kate Coleman
Event chairs Heather Lamb and Tish Harrison
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