Out & About: Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon

Texas Women’s Foundation held its 38th annual luncheon to celebrate its past and raise funds for the future. The lunch included speakers and conversation about all that Texas women have accomplished.

“This past year, we have invested $4.9 million in grants to 197 organizations, plus additional support for research and advocacy,” said Candice Hill, co-chair of the XIX Society. “Since 1986, we have invested more than $78 million to better the lives of women and families statewide.”

The XIX society supports TXWF by donating annually, discussing issues impacting women, girls, and their families, and visiting nonprofits making a difference in women’s lives.

Co-chairs Ashleigh Everett and Yolanda Garcia shared why they are involved with the foundation and how they hope it will shape the future of women.

“My personal ‘why’ is embodied in my mother, who has instilled in me love of community, hard work and (the) importance of creating a legacy,” Everett said. “Also my two amazing daughters are growing up in a world where they see women who have accomplished so much, yet still struggle to obtain decent health care, financial security and leadership opportunities.”

Garcia added her own reasoning.

“I want to make sure that the opportunities that I was provided in this country, ones not available for my mother and grandmother, are provided for the next generation of leaders,” she said. “Ashleigh and I had to cross a very tight rope to achieve success, and we want to widen that rope to make the path just a little bit easier for Texas girls and women.”

TXWF is dedicated to building a stronger, more equitable Texas. Donations given support more than $7.1 million investments in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through timely research, advocacy, grants and strategic initiatives.

“Together, let’s create a more equitable society for us all,” said Dena L. Jackson, TXWF interim president and chief executive officer. “With our past in mind and our present at hand, we can create positive economic and social change now, for the future.”

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