The Center for Family Justice’s 18th annual Speaking of Women luncheon featuring Geoffrey Canada as keynote speaker will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 a.m., at the Waterview in Monroe.

Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, is known for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform. Canada has dedicated his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk youth beat the odds. Radically ambitious and startlingly simple, Canada’s programs are on the cutting edge of preventing youth violence and fostering community development.
“Geoffrey Canada knows first-hand the importance of our mission, and we could not be more excited to have him as our keynote speaker this year,” said Debra Greenwood, CEO/President of The Center. “He understands the importance a child’s environment has on development and is well versed on domestic violence and its effects on a child’s ability to progress in school due to trauma.”
Honorary chair of the event is Cathy Malloy, First Lady of Connecticut. Presenting sponsors are Elizabeth M. Pfriem and People’s United Bank. Major sponsors are Conair Corp., GE, Donna Orazio, Terex Corp., Unilever Cohen & Wolf, P.C., and Donna Milne/Dorothy Edgerton.
Event co-chairs are Donna Craft of Easton and Catherine Gallagher of Fairfield. The committee includes, from Fairfield, Jill Fitzburgh Andrea Goodman and Judy Urquhart; from Trumbull, Barbara Liberman; and from Monroe, Anna Rodrigues.
“Speaking of Women is our most important and largest event of the year, the one on which we rely to provide us with the needed funds to help those shattered by domestic violence and sexual assault,” Greenwood adds. “We encourage everyone to attend.”
This is an important time for The Center, as it completes its transformation into Connecticut’s first Family Justice Center, bringing all services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under one roof. Although the name has changed from The Center for Women and Families, The Center’s mission remains constant: Providing advocacy, education and crisis services for those shattered by domestic, sexual and child abuse.
Tickets, at $175 each, include lunch and may be purchased at centerforfamilyjustice.org or by contacting Marissa Donnelly at 203-334-6154, ext. 21 or email mdonnelly@centerforfamilyjustice.org.