CELEBRATING WOMEN AS SOCIAL CHANGE AGENTS
Women are a driving force for positive change in our society and we celebrate their many contributions that aid in advancing our communities. This is why the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga (WFGC) welcomed the Rev. Becca Stevens to speak at our second annual Voices event on October 8 from 11-1 p.m. at Stratton Hall.
Stevens is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms & Magdalene, a non-profit of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Magdalene is the residential program she began in 1997 that serves women for two years without charge and without government funding. During the program, she spoke about her work and how powerful a force is when voices unite. ““We need voices that are courageous and brave [reminding us] how powerful love is. Love is the most powerful force for change in the world. It is a tough job but it can be done "
“This special event celebrates the achievements of women and girls and highlight how Rev. Stevens has built an innovative and sustainable model through her work at Magdalene and Thistle Farms,” says WFGC board president Julie Taylor. “The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga was founded with the vision to promote a life of economic security, empowerment, equality and safety for all girls and women in our region and we’re inspired by the focus and results of Rev. Stevens’ work.”
"Voices 2014 will enable the Women's Fund to continue employing creative, unique and effective means to effect social change,” explains Kara Fagan, WFGC executive director. “Proceeds from the event will help our Women’s Fund achieve its mission to improve the lives of women and girls in our region by driving social change, providing opportunity, and promoting economic self sufficiency.”
Voices, the second “fund and friend raiser” of the WFGC, used the event to introduce the WFGC more broadly to the community and raise awareness of women’s issues and opportunities.
“This year’s luncheon was an unforgettable event that provided everyone with a clearer insight to the work of the Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga,” says Lillie Wills, who chaired the event. Plans are already underway for an excited program next year. Thank you to all those that support the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga and to those of you that attended the luncheon this year.