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


Annual event hosted by St. Joseph’s/Candler brings inspiring speaker to help raise money for the Telfair Mammography Fund

St. Joseph’s/Candler is pleased to announce that the 17th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo will feature author and community advocate Taya Kyle.  This annual event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Telfair Mammography Fund, providing mammograms and other breast care services for those who cannot afford those life-saving services. Last year, the SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo raised a record $184,582 through event proceeds, grants, sponsorships and donations.Taya Kyle

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.

St. Joseph’s/Candler hopes you will join us as a sponsor and guest at the 17th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo when we welcome Taya Kyle.

About the SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo

SmartWomen is an annual fundraiser for St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Telfair Mammography Fund, which provides mammograms and other breast care services for those who cannot afford those life-saving services.

In our region, approximately 25 percent of the population is uninsured or underinsured. The goal of the Telfair Mammography Fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography and other services, even if they have no insurance or high deductibles or copays. In 16 years, the event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund.

Past years’ luncheons have featured notable women such as Jane Seymour, Anne Burrell, Fran Drescher, Amy Grant, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Marilu Henner, Joan Lunden, Giuliana Rancic, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Peggy Fleming, Ivana Trump, Erin Brockovich, Suze Orman and author Mary Kay Andrews.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
10 a.m. – Expo
Noon – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Keynote speaker Taya Kyle

Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations at 912-819-8683 or email You can also visit our website

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