Women of Vision celebrate at luncheon, vow to continue fight

Elizabeth Boolbol, left, and Amy Rivers, right, co-chairs of Women of Vision Fairfield County with the Rev. Neely Towe, center, the keynote speaker at the recent Women of Vision Benefit Lunch.

Elizabeth Boolbol, left, and Amy Rivers, right, co-chairs of Women of Vision Fairfield County with the Rev. Neely Towe, center, the keynote speaker at the recent Women of Vision Benefit Lunch.

A sellout crowd of 300 women attended the Women of Vision Fairfield County annual luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich earlier this month where the Rev. Neely Towe served as guest speaker.

The former pastor of Stanwich Congregational Church, Rev. Towe spoke of her own experiences in mission work, and of the need, in the words of Bob Pearce, founder of World Vision, to “Let our hearts be broken by the things that break God’s heart.”

A silent auction offered up trips and treats especially selected for women and each table sprouted its own “giving tree” with orange ornaments identifying the projects that Women of Vision Fairfield County supports. Funds raised benefit their projects in Cambodia, Rwanda, West Virginia and in Stamford, as well the newest Women of Vision initiative, Strong Women, Strong World.

Cindy Breihl, national director of Women of Vision, was on hand to present the new effort which focuses on improving the health and well being of women and girls who live in the most difficult places in the world to be a woman. Ms. Breihl shared stories and photos of three women who members of Women of Vision Fairfield County met last month on their trip to the Dominican Republic. Their individual success stories illustrated the impact of Strong Women, Strong World educational and microenterprise programs that empowered these women to transform their lives, their families and their communities.

Women of Vision is a local volunteer chapter of its parent, World Vision International, the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world serving children, families and their communities in more than 100 countries. The Fairfield County chapter adopts projects that improve the health and well-being of women and girls subjected to poverty and oppression here in the US and in countries around the world. Their support includes child sponsorship, fund-raising, education, advocacy and prayer. Since 2001, the Fairfield County chapter has raised more than $1.5 million, sponsored more than 1,000 children around the world and transformed the lives of countless families in the process.

For details, visit wovfairfieldcounty.org or e-mail [email protected]

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