One in five women and girls in Texas is currently live in poverty. Event organizers hope to help change the trajectory for women and girls in North Texas.
In July, the Dallas Women’s Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Dallas Letot center for exploited girls. In August, the foundation contributed $100,000 for the development of a website called FindAfterSchoolDallas.com. The site helps parents find low-cost, after-school programs. Parents can search through more than 500 programs, selecting child care programs by ZIP code, grade levels and services offered. And, the foundation produces reports like the one published in 2014 titled Economic Issues for Women in Texas, which shows that women are more impacted by poverty in Texas.
The foundation’s largest fundraising event is their annual luncheon. This year’s luncheon celebrates 30 years of the Foundation’s work to advance positive social and economic change for women and girls in North Texas. As the largest regional women’s fund in the world, the Foundation has granted $29 million dollars since inception to drive research, programming, collaboration and innovation to support women and girls. Award-winning actress, producer, designer, philanthropist and ninth generation Texan Eva Longoria will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Longoria has her own foundation, “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” which is dedicated to helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship.
Longoria has been named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual Power of Women Luncheon. Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award and ALMA Award-winning actress, who will star in and executive produce the highly anticipated series, “Hot & Bothered,” premiering this fall on NBC. Recently, Longoria joined Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in the three-part PBS series, “A Path Appears,” which exposes the effects of gender inequality and poverty in Haiti.
“Eva’s life’s work is a shining example of the generosity, grit and determination that is innate in all Texans – especially Texan women,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson. “We know that when women are strong and secure, so are their families and their communities. While we celebrate a 30-year commitment to this effort, we also know that nearly one in five women and girls in Texas is currently living in poverty. Women’s economic security is not a “women’s issue”; it is a human issue and one that impacts the entire community. That’s why we are especially excited to have women and men as our event co-chairs, demonstrating that together we can and must change the trajectory for women and girls in North Texas.”
The sold-out event is being held on Friday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole.