Save the Date!

We're excited to bring Keynote Speaker, Amanda Lindhout, to our 23rd Annual Benefit Luncheon on MAY 18, 2015

Ms. Lindhout's memoir "A House in the Sky" is an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience and grace.

Registration information available in March, 2015

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2015 Luncheon Speaker: Amanda Lindhout

Rounded WEB amanda-lindhout-headshotCourage. Resilience. Grace. These three words aptly describe kidnap survivor, bestselling author and humanitarian Amanda Lindhout, the featured speaker at the Women Helping Women Fund 23rd annual luncheon on May 18, 2015 in Spokane.

In 2008, the then 27-year-old freelance journalist from Canada traveled to Somalia, "the most dangerous place on earth," to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought and famine. On her fourth day, she was kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu. For 460 days, she endured unimaginable hardships as a hostage in one of the world's poorest countries. During her toughest hours, she found the courage to survive by visiting a "house in the sky."

Following her release in November 2009, Lindhout became an unlikely and passionate advocate for the people of Somalia. Four months after returning home, she founded the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) to ignite leadership in Somalia through education and economic initiatives which the GEF creates, funds and implements. Since the GEF's inception, Lindhout has raised millions of dollars to support development and aid in the war-torn country, reaching over 300,000 people. Her story of resilience and grace after facing incredible adversity speaks to the strength of the human spirit.

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