SACRAMENTO – Former foster youth and “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince will be the keynote speaker at United Way’s 12th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Nov. 4 to benefit local foster youth. Tickets are on sale for the luncheon, which will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum and will include a fashion show featuring local foster youth and Women in Philanthropy members, gourmet lunch and keynote presentation. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also will discuss their work supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth.
“Dolvett is known for his inspirational work on ‘The Biggest Loser,’ but fewer people know that he had his own hurdles growing up in foster care,” said Lorrie Wilson, co-chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. “We hope people will come out to hear his powerful message and to learn how they can help local foster youth rise above their circumstances and reach for their dreams.”
Tickets are $100. Guests also can donate $100 to have a foster youth participating in the fashion show keep the ensemble. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy also is holding an online auction prior to the event to raise money for United Way’s foster youth programs. The auction will open on Oct. 14. To purchase tickets to the event or participate in the advance online auction, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wiplunch.
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members raise funds, hold drives and provide trainings focused on helping foster youth rise to their dreams. The group also is a partner in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, helping foster youth become financially self-sufficient through financial literacy courses and individual development accounts that provide a matched savings program. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.
By Genoa Barrow
OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer