April 5, 2018
Tickets on sale: January 2, 2018
2018 Keynote Speaker: Billie Jean King
As one of the 20th century’s most respected and influential people, Billie Jean King has long been a champion for social justice and equality. She has created new inroads for both genders in and out of sports during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today. King, who won an astounding 39 Grand Slam titles during her career, blazed trails for women everywhere in 1970 when she became one of nine players to break away from the tennis establishment and accept a one dollar contract from tennis promoter Gladys Heldman to compete in the newly created Virginia Slims Series. The revolt led to the birth of women’s pro tennis and the formation of the Women’s Tennis Association. In 1973, King produced one of the greatest moments in sports history when she defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous match dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes.” The Riggs-King match still remains one of the most viewed sports events of all time, and the story is now a major motion picture starring Emma Stone as Billie, and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. She currently heads up the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and also serves on the executive boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation (which she founded).
Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, King was honored on August 28, 2006, when the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She is also the author of Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes to commemorate the 35th anniversary of that historic match.
When you help a woman, you help her children, extended family, community and society. When you help girls grow up and reach their full potential, you change the world. Our Annual Luncheon is a celebration of making a difference for women and girls throughout Fairfield County.
This highly-anticipated annual event attracts more than 800 enthusiastic friends and supporters from Connecticut and beyond. They celebrate making an important difference for thousands of women and girls throughout Fairfield County, learn about the Fund’s work, and hear from women who have benefited from their support. Keynote speakers have included the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Geena Davis, Dr. Madeleine Albright, Soledad O’Brien, Gloria Steinem, and Abby Wambach.
Enjoy a short video featuring highlights from our 2017 Luncheon