More than 360 people packed the Corning Museum of Glass on June 14th for the Fund for Women of the Southern Tier’s Annual Fundraising Dinner with keynote speaker, Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor of NBC’s Today show.

Chatzky’s remarks echoed themes in her latest book, Age-Proof:  Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, was written in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Michael Roizen.  The keynote address offered financial planning advice and strategies to boost financial health and physical health. Dinner attendees also had the opportunity for Q&A, book signings, and photos with Chatzky.

The Fund for Women also unveiled a new name for the event, inspire, to communicate the mission of the Fund.   Since its founding in 2009, the Fund has raised over $1 million and provided over $200,000 in scholarships to girls, women and grants to organizations.  The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier serves the needs of girls and women exclusively in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates Counties, providing grants to individuals and organizations to support achievement of life goals and self-sufficiency.

Fund for Women president and event organizer, Chris Sharkey, talked about the importance of the annual dinner.  “The dinner not only augments our resources for grants, but also builds awareness of the Fund’s impact and, perhaps most importantly, provides a forum for hope, optimism, and friendship.”

The 2017 event was the sixth annual dinner hosted by the all-volunteer group.  Prior speakers have included Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), NYS Business Council President Heather Briccetti, Lt. Commander Laurie Coffey, retired executive Marie McKee, and Gwen CEO Gwen Webber-McLeod.