Actor and Advocate Geena Davis Joins the Women's Foundation of California to Honor Great Leaders - Women's Foundation California

The Women’s Foundation celebrates 30 years and raises money to fund programs in the Bay Area

October 23, 2009 – The Women's Foundation of California is excited to announce its 30th Anniversary Luncheon taking place on Friday, November 13 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Fairmont San Francisco.

More than 750 of the Bay Area’s most influential women and men will gather to honor Actor and Founder of See Jane ( Geena Davis, California State Senator Mark Leno, Statewide Activist and San Francisco native Elmy Bermejo and philanthropic partners Levi Strauss & Co. and Levi Strauss Foundation. Lateefah Simon, one of Oprah’s Top 20 Power Women of 2009 and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

“I have spent most of my adult life advocating for girls and women,” said Geena Davis, keynote speaker for the event. “I want my children—all children—to live in a world where girls and boys, and women and men, are treated with equal dignity and have equal opportunities.”

The Women’s Foundation of California was established in San Francisco in 1979. It became a statewide foundation in 2003 when it merged with the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation. Thirty years later the Foundation is a leader among the 135 women’s funds worldwide that trace their roots to the Foundation’s model.

I am proud to join my wife, the First Lady of San Francisco and Honorary Chair of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, in honoring great leaders who embody the spirit of the Women’s Foundation of California,” said Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco. “Their service to California is truly inspirational, and continues to make our world a better place.”

The event’s Honorary Committee includes Chair First Lady of San Francisco Jennifer Siebel Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, US Senator Barbara Boxer, US Senator Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala D. Harris, among others.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $175.

About the Women’s Foundation of California:

The Women’s Foundation of California envisions a state that is the healthiest, safest and most economically prosperous place in the world to live. The Foundation achieves this by focusing on the leadership of women and girls through their central role in families and communities.

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