Greenwich United Way celebrates Sole Sisters

Aundrea Amine, Fiovanna Miller, Stephanie Offit, Nancy Cook and Jill Weiner were all there for the Sole Sisters luncheon.

Aundrea Amine, Fiovanna Miller, Stephanie Offit, Nancy Cook and Jill Weiner were all there for the Sole Sisters luncheon.

On Thursday, April 24, more than 300 Sole Sisters and other supporters congregated at Greenwich Country Club to enjoy a morning of shopping for a good cause, a gourmet lunch and an inspiring talk by keynote speaker Susan Fales-Hill.

Ms. Fales-Hill, an award-winning author, television producer and arts and education advocate, was on hand early to mingle and shop with guests. At the Fashion Accessories boutique, 16 vendors sold stylish, custom designed items ranging from designer scarves, children’s clothing, and pillows, to gourmet olive oils. A portion of their proceeds were contributed to the Luncheon coffers.

During the luncheon, co-chairs Lisa Lori and Tory Thorman and United Way President Stuart Adelberg all welcomed and thanked the sponsors, guests and committee members who stepped up to make the ninth annual event a sensational endeavor.

In her keynote speech, Ms. Fales-Hill talked about the highs and lows of her multi-faceted career beginning as a script writer for The Cosby Show, a co-executive producer and head writer for its spinoff A Different World, and later as a memoirist and fiction writer. She spoke of the quality of personal and professional resolve that she inherited from her mother, Haitian-American Broadway star Josephine Premice. Ms. Fales-Hill also shared vignettes from her critically acclaimed memoir, Always Wear Joy. Her latest novel, Imperfect Bliss, was presented to luncheon guests.

Serving as chairs for this year’s event were Sole Sisters Maxine Armstrong, Keri Cameron and Susan Weis. Moffly Media was the sponsor for the luncheon.

The Sole Sisters, also known as the Women’s Initiative of the Greenwich United Way, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year. Since its inception, it’s raised more than $1.3 million to improve local health and human services. These “Women Stepping Up to Help Others Step Forward” are directing all of their 2014 proceeds to the United Way’s work to meet community mental health service needs.

For more information about the event and the Sole Sisters, visit Unitedsolesisters.org or call the Greenwich United Way at 203-869-2221.

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