SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo to be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
We are excited to announce this year's speaker is Emmy award-winning journalist and philanthropist Soledad O'Brien
St. Joseph's/Candler is excited for the 20th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo.This year's event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, at the Savannah Convention Center.
The 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 purpose of raising money for this fund is to provide programs, services and
capital support for mammography related initiatives that benefit appropriately qualified patients who are uninsured or underinsured. 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.
The 19th annual fundraiser, which was held in January 2022, raised a record amount of more than $195,000.
About this year's speaker
As the anchor and producer of the syndicated political show Matter of Fact, Soledad O'Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy award-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series Black in America and Latino in America. Soledad is also a contributing editor for PBS NewsHour, and since 2020, she has hosted the weekly podcast Very Opinionated with Soledad O'Brien. In 2021, she hosted the Audible-original pdocast series Growing Up P.O.C., and in 2022, the hour-long radio show and podcast series Everyday Wealth.
With eloquence and a measured ability to examine often-divisive issues such as race, class, wealth, opportunity and poverty, she invites audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, our outlooks and our daily interactions. Her documentary production company, Soledad O'Brien Productions (SO'B), follows that same path, uncovering empowering, untold stories that take a challenging look at often divisive issues. Two recent SO'B series include The Prison Breaker, on Discovery Plus, and Disrupt and Dismantle which aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Smithsonian channel. Her four-part HBO mini-series Black and Missing premiered in late 2021.
She is the author of two books, her critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, and Latino in America.
O'Brien's coverage of race issues has won her two Emmy awards; she earned a third for her presidential election coverage, and she is a two-time Peabody winner. Other awards include the Alfred duPont, Gracie Allen, Clara Barton, Hispanic Heritage, Cronkite, NAACP's President's Award, John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award and Silver Telly Award.
A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women. She has served on many boards, including The Peabody Awards at UGA, Harlem School of the Arts, the National Archives and the Rand Corporation. In 2021, she was named to the board of trustees for the Smithsonian National Latino American Museum.
Dazzling Diamond Dig
Get your tickets now to enter this year's Dazzling Diamond Dig for a chance to win TWO beautiful pieces of jewelry. For just $25, you can purchase a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful diamond ring and necklace courtesy of Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. Harkleroad continues to dazzle with its latest donation to SmartWomen. This year's winner will receive both a two-carat total weight diamond band in 14-karat white gold, H-I color and VS2-SI1 clarity (value is $6,300) and a .96-carat diamond pendant in 14-karat white gold, SI1-2 clarity and G-H in color on an 18-inch, 14-karat white gold chain (value is $4,500). Total value: $10,800.
20th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo will be held:
When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
Expo: 10 a.m.
Lunch & Program: Noon
Where: Savannah Convention Center
1 International Drive,
Savannah, Ga. 31421
VIP Reception Sponsor
Capt. Lux and Kay Lakshman
Dr. and Mrs. Gabriel Pitt
Mr. and Mrs. James Corde Wilson, III
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Nichols, II
Mrs. Sara Sands
Event Day Bar Sponsor
Fund the Need Sponsor
Book Signing Sponsor
Dr. Karen and Mr. Lenny Panzitta
Elizabeth T. Stout
Mrs. Robert O. Levitt
Telfair Board of Directresses
Tri-River Foods, LP
Mr. and Mrs. James Corde Wilson III
VIP Reception Bar Sponsor
Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine - Dr. Patrick Blohm
Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
Table Tent Sponsor
Level 10 Real Estate
Abbie Deloach Foundation
Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Bank of America
Betsy and Niko Ormond
Bouhan Falligant LLP
Dr. and Mrs. William Fuqua
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Engel & Völkers Savannah
JE Dunn Construction
Kole Investment Co.
Mr. and Mrs. John Carson, Jr.
Palmer & Cay
Pooler Chamber of Commerce
Queensborough Bank & Trust
Resource Corporation of America
Savannah Area Chamber and Visit Savannah
Savannah Vascular Institute
The Landings Club
The Pinyan Company
Town of Bluffton
United Concordia Dental
Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry
The Horseshoe Crab
Tactical Baby Gear
Thrive on Skidaway
Contact Us for More Information
For more information on SmartWomen sponsorship opportunities or ways to support the Mammography Fund, please call the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations at 912-819-8683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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