Atlanta Spotlight | Carrie Fisher

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Monday, 31 August 2015 12:18

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) has announced its 19th annual Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, November 5, at noon at the Georgia World Congress Center.  This year’s featured speaker is mental health advocate, actress and author Carrie Fisher. The annual fundraiser brings together key leaders and supporters from the greater Atlanta business and nonprofit communities to recognize those who support AWF’s efforts to build a better future for Atlanta’s women and girls.

The focus of this year’s luncheon will be the mental health and wellbeing of women living in poverty. One of the most consistently replicated findings in social science research has been the relationship between health and socioeconomic status and mental illness. Women in poverty experience stress, grief, and depression without the resources or networks in place to support their mental health needs. As the only funder in Georgia dedicated exclusively to women and girls, it is AWF’s role to support women and girl serving organizations at all levels.

Featured speaker Carrie Fisher is an expert on the subject of mental illness as she talks openly and compellingly about her personal battles with manic depression and overcoming substance abuse. She has appeared on the Senate floor, sponsored by Eli Lily and Company, urging state legislators to increase government funding on medication for people living with mental health issues. She has also received dozens of awards for her courage and commitment to fighting mental illness and the stigma that is associated with it.

Numbers Too Big To Ignore is The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon to raise funds to support programs for women and girls. Now in its 19th year, the event attracts 1,200 people who are interested in creating a healthier community by lifting up women and girls.

Individual tickets for the luncheon are available for $150 and tables of 10 are $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantawomen.org.  A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information on sponsorships, contact Kari Love at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 404.577.5000404.577.5000 FREE x110.

Carrie Fisher attained international recognition in the iconic role of Princess Leia in the film "Star Wars" and the sequels "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." In addition to her film career, Fisher is a well-known and respected author. Her The New York Times bestseller, Postcards from the Edge won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel, which were followed by two additional bestselling novels and her recently released fourth novel. Along with writing ABC Pictures' "These Old Broads" ABC TV, Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her bestseller, Postcards from the Edge, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Fisher has also written original pieces and conducted interviews for various leading magazines and newspapers, including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Details, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times.

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to end generational poverty.  The Foundation has invested more than $13 million in Atlanta area nonprofit organizations that have successfully moved women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency.  In addition to local grantmaking, AWF produces programs, builds awareness and supports public policy in order to leverage community resources to break the cycle of generational poverty.

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