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.Taya Kyle

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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Dazzling Diamond Dig

We are excited to announce that Harkleroad Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is once again sponsoring the SmartWomen Dazzling Diamond Dig. This year, they are offering a beautiful diamond bracelet.  Circle your wrist with 69 round diamonds totaling 2.95 CTW in stunning 14 karat white gold. This classic, elegant and timeless look blends sophistication with radiance and sparkle. The value is at $6,200.The winner will be announced following a drawing at the SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo.


Platinum Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

                  Capt. Lux and Kay Lakshman  

                             Mr. and Mrs.  James Corde Wilson III



Silver Sponsors






                 Zach Thomas

          Tri-River Foods LP

VIP Reception Sponsor

Don and Cindy Waters

Centerpiece Sponsor

Transportation Sponsor

Media Sponsors



Table Tent

Level 10 Real Estate

Trolley & Transportation

Chatham Orthopaedic Associates
TJS Deemer Dana


Brennan, Wasden & Painter, LLP


Chatham Pathology

Book Signing

Ms. Linda Heasley

Bronze Sponsors

20/20 RMP, LLC
Abbie Deloach Foundation
ABR Digital Office Solutions
Accelerated Claims, Inc.
Bank of America
BLS Revecore
Bouhan Falligant, LLP
Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty
Champion Fire Protection
Coastal Business Storage
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah
Erickson Associates
Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine
Georgia Southern University
Greenline Architecture
Heather Smith Designs
Hologic, Inc.
Homecare Homebase
Innomed Incorporated
Innovative Health & Benefit Solutions
Joe Marchese Construction
Libby Booker Realty
Ms. Elizabeth T. Stout
Mrs. Robert O. Levitt
Mrs. Sara Sands
Oliver Maner
Resource Corporation of America (RCA)
Ronin Academy
Savannah Area Chamber and Visit Savannah
Savannah Economic Development Authority
Savannah Trade & Convention Center
Savannah Vascular Institute
Servpro of Savannah
South State Bank
Stay in Savannah
SterlingSeacrest Partners
Telfair Board of Directresses
USI Insurance Services

Expo Sponsors

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry
Glow MedSpa
Hospice Savannah
Lovin Spoons

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

  • 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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St.Joseph's Hospital Campus: 912-819-4100

Candler Hospital Campus: 912-819-6000