Over 500 people attended the 17th Women Helping Women luncheon, hosted by the Center on Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Hotel. This annual event benefits women and girls who are in need of counseling but cannot afford the cost of these services.
“I’d like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, and guests, as well as our outstanding speaker and honoree, for coming together to support this record-breaking effort,” said Ellery Duke, Ph.D, executive director of the Center. The event proceeds will make possible more than 1,350 hours of counseling for women and girls in need.
Roxanne Conlin, a former Iowa assistant attorney general and U.S. attorney, was the keynote speaker. Her inspiring presentation, Finding Justice: Women and the Law, brought to light the heart-wrenching stories of the clients who became her life heroes through their commitment to finding justice for themselves.
Retired obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Linda Railsback, was honored for her commitment to providing and protecting women’s healthcare throughout her career – ensuring prenatal care to underserved women in Des Moines, working abroad for Doctors of the World, and initiating the effort to create the Mid-Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Women Helping Women has been sponsored by the Center since 1999, raising over $570,000 to subsidize counseling for women and girls with limited resources who are struggling with the challenges of life.