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Author and community advocate Taya Kyle to headline 17th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo

This year's event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Savannah Convention Center

The 17th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at the Savannah Convention Center. The guest speaker for this year's event is Taya Kyle, author and community advocate. 

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. 

Last year's event smashed records and raised $184,582 through event proceeds, grants and donations so that women who are uninsured or underinsured can receive lifesaving mammograms and other breast health services. Read more.

About Taya Kyle

Taya Kyle is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, American Wife. In her book, Kyle – with humor and vulnerability – recounts the tremendous highs and lows in her unpredictable life as the wife and now widow of an American hero. Kyle is the widow of the late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle. The film American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, as Taya Kyle, is based on their life.

Kyle recently published her second book, American Spirit. With co-author Jim DeFelice, Kyle profiles other Americans “whose resilience, courage and faith inspire movements of light in a world full of darkness.”

In addition to writing, Kyle is an active and passionate community advocate, particularly working with and inspiring women, military spouses and widows. Following her husband’s death, Kyle founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, where she volunteers as executive director. Kyle and the Foundation work with service members and first responders who are suicidal and/or fall to addiction when their marriage is ending. Kyle says her passion for “changing the world by fighting for the marriages of those who fight for us” is having a life-changing impact on military and first responder couples and their children.

Kyle is a mother of two children and affectionately describes herself as a “literal soccer mom.” She’s done numerous public speaking events inspiring women across the country to persevere. She is known to articulate the trials and tribulations of love, war, faith and renewal to help other wives and widows see they are not alone.

Kyle also has been an audio book narrator, television host and aspiring children’s book author. She is passionate about freedom, love and service to others.

Event details

We hope you can join us for the 17th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo.


Wednesday, Oct. 2

Expo: 10 a.m.
Luncheon & Program: Noon


Savannah Convention Center
1 International Drive
Savannah, Ga. 31421

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Contact Us for More Information

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your table for the event, please call the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations  at 912-819-8683 or email 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

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