Thursday, March 28, 2024 | Rhythm City Casino | Davenport, IA
The annual fundraising dinner, 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.
At the 4th Annual Women Fighting Hunger event, you’ll enjoy:
- Raffles for unique, customized gift baskets.
- Opportunities to learn about giving back to River Bend Food Bank by educating, advocating, volunteering and donating.
- Networking with passionate, community leaders.
- Learning about how we can work together to build a hunger-free community for generations to come!
5:00PM Doors Open/Cocktail Hour
6:15PM Welcome, Dinner, Program to Follow
OUR 2024 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ERIN GRUWELL
INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATOR & AUTHOR OF THE FREEDOM WRITERS
Erin Gruwell helped students “written off” by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.
Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and an activist who has been fighting for social justice for over two decades. She first gained national attention in 1998 when she and her 150 students appeared on an ABC special–PrimeTime Live–with Connie Chung.
Erin’s students – affectionately called the Freedom Writers – came from backgrounds of poverty, gangs, and violence, and many were at-risk of dropping out of school due to the school-to-prison-pipeline. But, under Erin’s guidance, all 150 Freedom Writers graduated from high school and pursued higher education.
In 1999, Erin and the Freedom Writers published their book, The Freedom Writers Diary, which detailed their unique journey from hardship to hope. The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture, Freedom Writers, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film brought Erin’s work to an even wider audience, and she has since used her platform to continue her fight for equity and inclusion with her non-profit, the Freedom Writers Foundation.
Erin’s work has been recognized with several humanitarian awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award.
Be it in the classroom, or otherwise, Erin’s powerful message of hope and possibility is sure to resonate with any audience, whom she encourages “to stand up, speak up and speak out.