Mark Your Calendar April 4, 2019 for an Afternoon of BRAVE. BOLD. YOU. at Annual FWG Fundraising Event

NORWALK, CT, January 04, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Tracee Ellis Ross is everywhere we look and this April, she will be right here in Fairfield County featured as the keynote speaker at the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon on April 4th at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, CT. Ms. Ross was recently seen floating down Broadway next to her iconic mother, Greenwich resident Diana Ross, in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, appearing on covers of magazines, hosting award shows, as a guest on numerous talk shows and even interviewing former First Lady Michelle Obama. Quite simply, Tracee Ellis Ross is on fire. Star of ABC’s ‘black•ish, along with a plethora of other accomplishments, Ms. Ross is an award-winning actress, producer and activist.

Tickets for the 2019 Fund for Women & Girls (FWG) Annual Luncheon — with the empowering theme, BRAVE. BOLD. YOU. — are on sale today and proceeds will benefit FWG’s programmatic work including our Family Economic Security Program at Housatonic Community College. Get your seat at the table because this highly anticipated event is a popular celebration of women helping women and seating is limited. The 2018 Annual Luncheon, featuring Billie Jean King quickly sold-out, was attended by more than 800 supporters and raised over $700,000.

“FCCF’s Fund for Women & Girls catalyzes the community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for women, their families and girls in our region. We envision an uplifting afternoon of unparalleled energy with Tracee Ellis Ross,” stated Tricia Hyacinth, Director, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls. “As an activist, Ms. Ross uses her voice, platform and social influence to spread an important message of equity, inclusivity and acceptance which aligns with our core values and mission. We look forward to seeing you there.”

An influential voice in modern conversation around equality, respect and feeling empowered in your skin, Tracee Ellis Ross is a co-founding signator of Time’s Up, the movement started by a group of over 300 women in Hollywood to create safety and equity in the workplace. Time’s Up was created around the premise that every human being deserves a right to earn a living and to take care of themselves and their families, free of the impediments of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination. In a recent New York Times article (10/20/18) Ms. Ross commented “We’re all more the same than we are different. And the ways we’re different are actually what make life exciting.” That excitement will be reflected throughout this meaningful event.

FWG’s Annual Luncheon co-chairs, Leah Glover of Danbury and Jane Carlin of Stamford, along with their committee including Ellen Komar of Norwalk; Sandy Nielsen of Darien; Jennifer Young of Norwalk; Kimberly Tapscott of Stamford; Amanda Flood of Danbury; Rebecca Rooney of Stamford and Stephanie Thomas of Norwalk are working feverishly to make this the most memorable luncheon in the Fund’s 21-year history. Leah Glover and Jane Carlin, co-chairs, commented, “The FWG Luncheon is a day when women and men from all different backgrounds come together to celebrate our mission and recognize the Fund’s impact on women and girls throughout Fairfield County. Tracee Ellis Ross’s influence through her work embodies the very mission of FCCF’s Fund for Women & Girls to empower the next generation of women and girls and we are honored that she will be joining us.”

The Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon attracts hundreds of supporters from throughout Fairfield County, across Connecticut and beyond. Previous keynote speakers include: Billie Jean King, Abby Wambach, the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Geena Davis, Dr. Madeleine Albright, Soledad O’Brien, and Gloria Steinem.

As the largest women’s fund in New England, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls has improved the lives of thousands of women while strengthening their families, the next generation and the entire community. Over the years, FWG has invested nearly $6.5 million in sustainable solutions to ensure all Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe. Recently, Fund for Women & Girls, through a renewable grant totaling $100,000, forged an innovative collaboration with five local nonprofit organizations to combat sexual violence in Fairfield County. The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative brought together a group of experts in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence to focus on making a countywide impact and is currently directing their attention to youth sports.

Stamford Health is the lead sponsor for the 2019 Annual Luncheon. Media sponsors include Moffly Media; Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Star 99.9 and 95.9 the Fox. Sponsorship information is available by emailing Rebecca Mandell, Development Senior Associate at [email protected] or calling 203.750.3200.

For more information and to purchase tickets and tables, visit fccfoundation.org/fwg.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
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 $220 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at fccfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls
The Fund for Women & Girls, a special interest fund of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, is the largest women’s fund in New England. Our mission is to engage philanthropists and invest in sustainable solutions that lead to economically secure and healthy women and girls throughout Fairfield County. Since 1998, The Fund has invested nearly $6.5 million in grants to programs serving females ages 5 to 90. The Fund is a member of the global Women’s Funding Network. Learn more about FCCF’s Fund for Women & Girls at fccfoundation.org/fwg and follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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