Fran Drescher to headline the 14th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo

Annual event hosted by St. Joseph’s/Candler brings successful and inspiring speakers to SmartWomen of Savannah and the Low Country.

This year's speaker will be Fran Drescher; actress, author and health advocate. Drescher is best known for her portrayal as Miss Fine on CBS’s hit series The Nanny, but also received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award for Cancer Schmancer, which along with Enter Whining, were New York Times best sellers.

SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo is an annual fundraiser for St. Joseph's/Candler's Mary Telfair Women's Hospital, which includes the Mammography Fund at Telfair Pavilion.

The goal of the Mary Telfair Women's Hospital and the Mammography Fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography, even if they have no insurance and cannot afford it. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund to meet this goal since its inception over a decade ago.

Individual tickets and tables are currently sold out. However, please call 912-819-8683 to put your name on a waiting list should any come open. 

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About the SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
10:00 a.m. - Expo
Noon - Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Keynote speaker Fran Drescher

For more information, contact St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations at (912) 819-8683 or email

The SmartWomen media sponsors:


About Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher is best known for her portrayal as Miss Fine on CBS’s hit series The Nanny. Not only did she win two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her role, she also created and executive produced the show. In addition, inspired by her own life, Fran created, executive produced and starred in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced.

An accomplished author, Fran received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award for Cancer Schmancer, which along with Enter Whining, were New York Times best sellers. Most recently she penned the celebrated children’s book Being Wendy. Fran recently made her Broadway debut as “Madame” in Rogers+Hammerstein’s Tony-award winning Cinderella. Her famous voice is also featured in the film Hotel Transylvannia 2, in which she reprises her role as Eunice, the wife of Frank Stein.

A 15-year uterine cancer survivor, Fran has become a cancer advocate. Her mission is to shift America’s focus towards proactive health care and healthy, toxin-free living. As Founder, president and Visionary of the non-profit Cancer Schmancer Movement, she focuses on three prongs to fight the disease: Early Detection, Prevention and Advocacy.

Fran uses her unique voice on Capitol Hill to advocate for a range of health issues. She was instrumental in passing the bi-partisan “Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act” by unanimous consent, earning her two commendations in the Congressional Record. She is a U.S. State Department Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health, travelling globally to meet with heads of state, cancer patients, local NGO’s, as well as military bases and hospitals. The Washingtonian named her one of the most effective celebrity lobbyists in D.C.

Fran has won countless awards for her leadership in health, including the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, City of Hope Woman of the Year Award, The Albert Eisenstein Medical School Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2014 Citizen Artist Award.


Platinum Sponsor



Diamond Sponsor



Gold Sponsors

HSM Consulting


VIP Sponsor

Centerpiece Sponsor



Silver Sponsors

Kole Family Foundation


Trolley Sponsor

Chatham Orthopaedic Associates
Greenline Architecture 

Book Signing Sponsor

Seacrest Partners

Bronze Sponsor
AAA Signs Co. 
Bouhan Falligant LLP, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Champion Fire
Cutter's Point Coffee
Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Jackson
DX Marketing
Great Dane Trailers
Ms. Lynn Jackson
Mr. Nicolas J. & Mrs. Virginia Nichols
Mrs. Robert O. Levitt
Release Marine
Sea Island Bank
South State Bank
Telfair Board of Directresses
The Marshes of Skidaway Island
The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
USI Insurance Services
Vopak Terminal Savannah

Expo Sponsor

Influence Health
Savannah Philharmonic
Savannah Vascular Cardiac Institute


Chatham Pathology Associates

Contact Us for More Information

For more information about giving opportunities for the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations, please call our main office at (912) 819-8683. We look forward to talking with you. Thank you for your interest in supporting us so that we can ensure that our community continues to have access to the very best healthcare services, technology and programs available.

If you’d simply like our mailing address, please send any written communications or designated contributions to:

St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations
Heart & Lung Building
5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400
Savannah, GA 31405

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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