IMPORTANT UPDATE: We’ve come to the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon. While we had every intent to reschedule for the fall, scheduling challenges have proven more difficult than anticipated.
For those who purchased individual tickets, tables, sponsorships, exhibitor space, and program ads for the 2020 Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon, we are providing three options. Click here for full details.
We are in discussions with the Greenwich Hyatt to secure a date in April 2021 and with Margaret Atwood’s team as it is our hope to have her return as our featured guest speaker. We plan to announce the April 2021 Luncheon date and details in June.
Over two decades, your philanthropy has fueled more than $7 million in grants through our Fund for Women & Girls, improving futures for tens of thousands of women and girls in Fairfield County. This work is supported in part through our highly-anticipated luncheon, which attracts more than 800 enthusiastic supporters each year to learn about The Fund’s work, hear from women whose lives have been transformed, and be inspired by trailblazing keynote speakers like Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Madeleine Albright, Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach, Billie Jean King and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Keynote Speaker: Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her most recent, record-breaking novel, The Testaments—sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale—won the 2019 Booker Prize. Her other work includes the Giller and Booker Prize-shortlisted Oryx and Crake, as well as Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, and Booker winner The Blind Assassin. With The Handmaid’s Tale now a critically acclaimed television series set to enter its fourth season, Atwood’s prescient prose depicting a dystopian future is even more relevant than ever. She has received the German Peace Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In October 2019, Atwood was presented with the Companion of Honor award by Queen Elizabeth, making her only the third Canadian to receive the distinction.
View highlights from our 2019 Annual Luncheon
Empowering women and girls to reach their full potential. Created by a group of visionary women in 1998, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls brings together philanthropists to invest in sustainable solutions that support the safety, health and economic security of women and girls across the county.
Helping adult students achieve their dreams of a higher education. Supported through The Fund for Women & Girls, the Family Economic Security Program at Housatonic Community College empowers adult students to overcome challenges and earn degrees that can lead to family-sustaining careers.