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Women Helping Women luncheon moves online to continue fundraising

With the COVID-19 pandemic prohibiting gatherings but increasing the need for services non-profits provide, the Women Helping Women Fund and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery decided not to cancel their fundraisers but instead move them online. Amy Vega, from Vanessa Behan, and Heather Hamlin, executive director at WHWF, discussed their fundraising goals and online event plans at The Spokesman Review’s Northwest Passages book club Monday.

Lasting legacy: Granddaughter helps carry on Winston’s work

Vivian Winston left a mark on Spokane with her work to remove educational barriers for women and children. Long after Winston’s death, part of her legacy continues through the work of her granddaughter, Stephanie Baumann, a Women Helping Women Fund board member and scholarship panel chair for a fund named after Winston. The scholarship helps mothers enrolled in area colleges with tuition and childcare costs.

Art of reinvention

Chris Gardner, whose best-selling autobiography was the basis of the 2006 movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will speak Monday in Spokane at a luncheon to benefit the Women Helping Women Fund. Born in 1954 in Milwaukee, Gardner lived with his mother, Bettye Jean Triplett, and in foster homes. He never knew his father.

Women Helping Women Fund celebrates 20 years

The Women Helping Women Fund will celebrate its 20th anniversary at its annual luncheon Monday. In two decades, it has raised $5.4 million and given grants to 350 programs that help women and children. Women involved in the fund over the years attribute its success to:

Harvard scholarship winner to speak

A young woman who rose from teenage homelessness to a Harvard scholarship will speak at the annual Women Helping Women Fund lunch on May 10.

Anchor touts mentors at lunch

As a CNN reporter and anchor, Soledad O'Brien has covered some of the world's biggest stories and has won some of journalism's most coveted awards. But, as she told the 2,000 donors at the Women Helping Women Fund luncheon in Spokane on Monday, there is one fact about her that always generates the biggest response: