Sole Sisters highlight importance of educating girls

From left Anne Sherrerd, SusanWeis, Kim Miller and Amy Carbone share a smile at the Sole Sisters’ recent luncheon.

From left Anne Sherrerd, SusanWeis, Kim Miller and Amy Carbone share a smile at the Sole Sisters’ recent luncheon.

The eighth annual Sole Sisters Luncheon and Boutique fund-raiser on April 25 drew a record 350 supporters who stepped out for shopping, socializing, lunching and learning about Greenwich United Way Women’s Initiative activities this year.

During their welcome, luncheon chairs Kim Miller and Anne Sherrerd explained that the funds the Sole Sisters raise this year will help the Greenwich United Way support programs focused on education in the community.

These include hundreds of scholarships for early childhood education, adult literacy and English as a second language classes, vocational training and support for people with different abilities, as well as homework assistance and tutoring efforts like the United Way’s own Reading Champions program.

United Way President Stuart Adelberg spoke about the Sole Sisters’ remarkable growth and impact in the community since its founding eight and one-half years ago. Mr. Adelberg expressed gratitude for the Sole Sisters’ many contributions, while noting that the demand for local services has grown dramatically in the midst of a persistently challenging fund-raising environment.

The event lunch was followed by an appearance by keynote speaker and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kayce Freed Jennings. Guests had the opportunity to meet Ms. Jennings, a founder of the Documentary Group and the senior producer of 10×10 and the film Girl Rising. The ground-breaking global campaign uses the power of storytelling and strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth — educate girls and you will change the world.

Ms. Jennings, who was an ABC News producer for 20 years, showed a segment of Girl Rising at the luncheon. The film portrays nine unforgettable girls among the millions across the globe born into unforgiving circumstances and facing barriers to education that boys do not. In capturing their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives, Girl Rising underscores that when one educates a girl, the cycles of poverty can be broken in just one generation, helping create a more prosperous world for all.

Luncheon co-chairs Amy Carbone and Susan Weis recently announced that this year the Sole Sisters surpass the $1.1 million mark in funds raised for the United Way to better the community since it began in 2005.

For more information about the Sole Sisters’ contributions to the United Way and the community, visit the Greenwich United Way on Facebook, go to Unitedsolesisters.org or call the United Way at 203-869-2221.

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