Sole Sisters to host Kayce Jennings at benefit

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United Sole Sisters Luncheon committee members, seated, from left, Kim Miller, luncheon co-chair, Virginia Meyer, United Way chair, and Anne Sherrerd, luncheon co-chair. Standing, from left, are Jan Marchand, Melissa Hawks, Jordan Rhodes, Jessica Adams, Diane Viton, Sole Sister co-chairs Amy Carbone and Susan Weis, and Tory Thorman. Not pictured: Michele Blair, Keri Cameron, Erin Speiss Chang, Pamela Frame, Karen Keegan, Stacy Messina, Sarah Parker, Sonal Rinello, Leigh Ann Ryan, Kimberly Salib, Marcia Tucker, and Susan Wohlforth.

The United Way Sole Sisters are celebrating a special year in 2013 as the organization will both surpass $1 million raised since its founding and also host news and documentary producer Kayce Jennings at their annual fund-raiser on April 25.

Approximately 350 Sole Sisters and other United Way supporters are expected to gather for the annual United Sole Sisters Luncheon and Fashion Accessories Boutique. And this year’s event includes meeting and hearing award-winning producer Ms. Jennings, wife of the late famed reporter and ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, enjoying a morning of shopping for a good cause and a gourmet lunch. The boutique will feature twenty vendors selling stylish merchandise including handcrafted items ranging from jewelry to scarves.

Ms. Jennings co-founded the Documentary Group, the driving force behind “10 x 10” and Girl Rising, a social action campaign and a feature film that focuses on educating girls in developing nations. As a founder of the group’s predecessor PJ Productions, Ms. Jennings produced the Peabody Award-winning Out of Control: AIDS in Black America and Babyland. She also co-edited A Reporter’s Life: Peter Jennings, the book that appeared after her husband’s death in 2005.

Ms. Jennings’ extensive career in television news and documentaries includes 20 years at ABC News. She covered global and national news and produced for virtually all of the network’s news shows, among them Nightline, World News Tonight, Day One and 20/20. Her work took her to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

And she was a pioneering producer when World News Tonight with Peter Jennings launched its ground-breaking series, The American Agenda, which specialized in social policy and family issues.

Each year, the United Sole Sisters selects an area of concern, takes the opportunity to learn about the issue and then raises funds through its spring luncheon, aiming to make a significant difference in the community.

This year, the Sole Sisters will support the Greenwich United Way’s leadership efforts in the area of education. These include scholarships for early childhood education, adult literacy and English as a Second Language classes, vocational training and support for people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues, as well as homework assistance and tutoring programs like the United Way’s own Reading Champions.

A special event to recognize Sole Sisters luncheon supporters at the Patron Level and above will take place April 4.

Luncheon tickets and sponsorship information, including patron and underwriting opportunities, are now available at Unitedsolesisters.org or by calling Greenwich United Way Director of Development, Tom Gabriel, at 203-869-2221.

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