Billie Jean King to headline fundraiser for Fairfield County women
Ranked among the 100 most important Americans of the 20th century by “Life” magazine, Billie Jean King will headline the spring luncheon and fundraiser for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls.
King’s legacy includes playing a role in founding both the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation following a historic professional career in tennis, in which she collected 39 Grand Slam titles.
For her advocacy on and off the court, King has been dubbed a champion for social justice and equality, which contributed to her receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the National Tennis Center being named for her. King also won the 1973 match labeled The Battle of the Sexes, which has been recreated by Hollywood.
King’s keynote speech at the Fund for Women and Girls luncheon, which is slated to take place in Greenwich, will mark the 20th anniversary of New England’s largest women’s fund.
“Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls is honored that Billie Jean King will be joining us at our 20th anniversary celebration. She is the quintessential figure who has challenged not only herself, but also all of society throughout the course of her life and continues to do so,” foundation President and CEO Juanita James said in a media statement.
“The impact she has made for women as a catalyst for change is a model for the important work that has already been accomplished by the Fund for Women and Girls and its plans for future endeavors in our community that the fund is determined to achieve.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser each year are invested in efforts to create “sustainable solutions leading to economically secure and healthy women and girls throughout Fairfield County,” according to the fund’s mission.
In particular, the event’s net proceeds will support the Family Economic Security Program at Housatonic Community College, which helps 400 low-income students over four years.
The luncheon will take place at Greenwich’s Hyatt Regency on April 5. Tickets will go on sale in early January.
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