General Information

The Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities luncheon is our main event and largest fundraiser. Each October, passionate individuals join us during their lunch hour to dine on a delicious meal, listen to an inspirational speaker and raise money for those in need. Audience size is usually near 1,000 and first timers often remark at the grandeur of it all. But the real draw is the ability to come together to make a difference in our local community. Each attendee graciously donates a minimum of $100 and 100% of the funds raised stay in our community. Each dollar raised at the luncheon is awarded to a local non-profit agency through our grant program, and the luncheon is paid for by the generosity of our underwriters and corporate sponsors.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Noon – 1:30pm

TRAC Facility

Pasco, WA

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This Year’s Speaker

Each year, a dynamic and inspirational guest is invited to speak at the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities luncheon. The board’s goal is to feature someone who understands the importance of giving and the difference we can all make together. Check back here to learn more about this year’s speaker once we’ve announced it.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Since her first National Keynote at age 14, Ashley Rhodes-Courter has shared her story with thousands in the United States and in over 7 countries.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW, is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve.

Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.” Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.

Her efforts and academic achievements landed her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship where she graduated with honors and ahead of schedule earning a double major in Communications and Theater and a double minor in Political Science and Psychology. Ashley then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

During her undergraduate studies, she was one of 20 college students selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team and was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. She was also selected as one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by DoSomething!. As part of their campaign, she was featured on 25 million bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

By the age of 22, Ashley had become a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her first book, “Three Little Words” is now an International Bestseller and has been published in at least 4 countries. Her second book, “Three More Words” debuted at #1 on Amazon Bestseller’s List. Both books are used in classrooms across the country in various community and First Year Experience Collegiate programs.

Ashley has received State, local, and National awards for her speaking, advocacy, and philanthropy. She has spoken on Capitol Hill and has been invited to the White House twice. “Three Little Words” is now being made into a major motion picture.

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