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Two hundred twenty-five people helped foster youth blossom at United Way’s 11th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Oct. 15 at the Crocker Art Museum. The flower-themed event included a fashion show, gourmet lunch, discussion panel with two foster youth, and a book signing and presentation by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of “The Language of Flowers.” United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also discussed their work supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth, and guests donated $100 to have foster youth participating in the fashion show keep their ensembles.

“I was so proud to be surrounded by foster youth and the women who care so much about them,” said Lisa Watts, chair, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. “It’s inspiring to see the powerful effects on young people in challenging circumstances when they learn confidence and self-sufficiency.”

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.

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