The Fund for Women held “Inspire”, its annual fundraising dinner on June 11, 2019 at the Corning Museum of Glass. Those in attendance were treated to one of the area’s premier events, which also serves as a vital fundraising initiative for the organization.

FFW welcomed more than 400 people to the “Inspire” event this year. “Inspire is our biggest gathering of the year,” said Amanda Chafee, President of the Board of FFW. “It encapsulates the spirit of our donor base – people, mostly women, who show up every year to support each other and those in our communities. We reconnect, we celebrate, and yes, we inspire each other to continue on our mission to assist and empower girls and women right here in the Southern Tier.”

The program for the event includes cocktails, a wonderfully curated silent auction, dinner and what will surely be an invigorating and inspiring keynote address by Dr. Meg Lowman. Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Dr. Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. Originally from Elmira, Dr. Lowman is currently the Director of Global Initiatives, Lindsay Chair of Botany and Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation at the California Academy of Sciences.

“We are beyond thrilled Dr. Lowman agreed to be our keynote. She is the inspiration for one of the nonprofit programs we grant to each year, “said Chris Sharkey, Board Member of FFW. “So it is very special to us to have her here to share her insights and her experiences in the treetops, as well as her work in educating our youth about the importance of ecology and our environment.”

The FFW “Inspire” event sold out again in 2019. Be sure to get your tickets early next year to be part of the fun and to help support and encourage girls and women of the Southern Tier.