The annual fundraising gala, Women Fighting Hunger, brings passionate women together who share River Bend Food Bank’s mission to build hunger-free communities. Women (and men) from all across our region enjoy the opportunity to network, share a meal, and hear from female leaders about actionable ways to get involved in fighting hunger.
THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at the 3rd annual event! What an incredible and inspiring evening we had! The 3rd Annual Women Fighting Hunger event on March 30th brought together nearly 450 women (and men!), all for the mission of building hunger-free communities.
Thanks to your generosity, over $80,000 was raised to help get food to the children and adults who rely on the River Bend Food Bank in times of crisis – that’s 400,000 meals!
“No one gets where they’re going alone,” Liz Murray shared during her keynote address. “Cynicism is the atrophy of your heart. Remember that YOU can HELP.”
THANK YOU for working with us to make sure no one goes hungry. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
OUR 2023 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LIZ MURRAY
Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success.
The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz Murray was homeless at age 15—and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living. She earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University that would turn her bleak circumstances into a future filled with limitless possibilities.
With sincerity, maturity, and graciousness, Murray takes audiences along on her personal journey from street smarts to classroom triumphs, instantly becoming an inspiration to both student groups and business audiences alike in need of the motivation to overcome their own obstacles. The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard, Murray graduated from Harvard and went on to receive her Masters in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University.
Today, as co-founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, Murray is a passionate advocate for underserved youth and works to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.
Learn more about Liz and her story at the links below:
Hyperion Books: Video Interview on Liz’s book “Breaking Night”
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS!
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