Soccer Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion Abby Wambach to Address 2019 Luncheon

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, is the featured speaker for CFWNC's 15th Annual Power of the Purse® taking place Tuesday, May 21, at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville.

The 2019 luncheon is SOLD OUT.

Event Schedule - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Coffee and Book Signing with Abby Wambach (Patrons & Sponsors Only) 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Doors open at 10:15 a.m.)

Luncheon & Keynote Address

12 noon - 2 p.m. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)

With 184 career goals, Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in the history of international soccer and a vocal advocate for pay equity and LGBTQ rights. “Abby Wambach is using her success on the field to advance issues of importance to women and society as a whole,” said Elizabeth Brazas, CFWNC president.  “She is fighting for equal pay for women and is a strong advocate for gender rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community. Her call for female leadership and equity is a great fit for Power of the Purse®, and we look forward to having her here.”   

Soccer Champion Abby Wambach

Wambach was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has been a key to the USA’s success. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, she is dedicating the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries. 

Power of the Purse® brings well-known female speakers and personalities to Western North Carolina to celebrate the power of women’s philanthropy.  The afternoon includes the announcement of grants from Women for Women, a Community Foundation giving circle. Past speakers have included Maria Hinojosa, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mae Jemison, Piper Kerman, Olympia Snowe, Dee Dee Myers, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Buffett, Cokie Roberts and Anna Quindlen.  The event benefits The Women’s Fund, a CFWNC permanent endowment. 

View and order prints from the 2018 Power of the Purse online photo gallery.

Learn more about the Women for Women Giving Circle

Power of the Purse® is brought to you by CFWNC and made possible by generous sponsors.

2018 Power of the Purse® Featured Journalist Maria Hinojosa

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa was the featured speaker at the 14th Annual Power of the Purse®.  Hinojosa’s address documented her journey from Mexico City to Chicago to New York City’s Barnard College to becoming the first Latina correspondent for NPR, CNN and PBS.  She challenged the crowd to love, to be inclusive and to be careful with language.

A highlight of the afternoon was the announcement of a $450,000 Women for Women Collaborative High Impact Grant to The Buncombe Partners in Prevention, a group effort of Helpmate, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Our VOICE and Pisgah Legal Services.  Partners in Prevention will concurrently address domestic abuse, sexual violence and child maltreatment in a community-coordinated effort. The grant announcement is historic.  It is the largest award from the giving circle and the largest single competitive grant approved by The Community Foundation. 


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