DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 24, 2020) — New York Times bestselling author, gifted storyteller, and breast-cancer survivor, Kelly Corrigan, will keynote River Bend Foodbank’s 2nd annual Women Fighting Hunger event, Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Rhythm City Casino, Davenport. With a goal of raising awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in our community, the Women Fighting Hunger event will engage women leaders to champion the issue. Gold sponsors are Bank of America, Northwest Bank and Trust Company, River City Tire and Automotive, and UnityPoint Health-Trinity. Silver Sponsors are GreenState Credit Union, Royal Neighbors of America, and Smart Luxury Motors. Bronze sponsor is Eye Surgeons Associates.
The evening will include an optional volunteer hour from 4:30–5:30PM. Participants will have the opportunity to assist with River Bend Foodbank’s Backpack Program, which supplies more than 3,000 backpacks of food each week throughout the school year to students in need. Doors to the event open at 5PM where guests can visit various stations detailing the services River Bend Foodbank provides. Dinner and the keynote will take place at 6PM.
“Over 500 women gathered at our inaugural Women Fighting Hunger event in 2019. They came because they believed it was unacceptable that one in six children in our community suffer from hunger today, a statistic that is equally heartbreaking and unacceptable,” says Nancy Renkes, River Bend Foodbank Vice President and Chief Partnerships Officer. “That night they raised enough money to provide over 135,000 meals for hungry children in our community. We’re thrilled that women leaders will be joining us again on March 26 as we continue to work towards our goal of putting an end to childhood hunger in our community.”
Kelly Corrigan is a gifted storyteller and is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, including Tell Me More, Glitter and Glue, and The Middle Place. She is currently the host of The Nantucket Project where she leads conversations about what matters most and Exactly at KQED, the most listened-to public radio station in America. Kelly is also a breast-cancer survivor and has a powerful story of battling the disease while also caring for her ill father. She is an activist for health-care work, specifically targeting low-income children. Her moving words will uplift and inspire you even in your darkest moments.
The cost to attend Women Fighting Hunger is $50 for individuals or $425 for an advance table of 10. All proceeds will support programming and initiatives that feed hungry children. Learn more and register at www.riverbendfoodbank.org/women-fighting-hunger, or call (563)345-6490.
About River Bend Foodbank — The Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, having distributed over 17 million meals in FY2018/19 to hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Our mission is leading the community-wide effort to end hunger in Iowa and Illinois. We do this through food distribution in partnership with our network of hunger-relief agency partners and programs. The best and easiest way to help is to go online: visit us at riverbendfoodbank.org.