We EmpowHER, formerly known as Women’s Empowerment Series, is holding the second annual Spread Your Wings Gala featuring “The Dueling Tonys”. The Dueling Tony’s are Tony Kidonakis, Director of Jazz Studies at Vandercook College of Music, pairs with nationally renowned autistic & blind savant, Tony DeBlois, providing an evening of memories and music. The MC of our Gala is Dale Smith Thomas, an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, radio personality and spokesperson. From her rural upbringing in North Mississippi to stages around the world, Dale has been sharing her empowering and enlightening messages for over 25 years. She is the author of 2 books, has been featured on many national radio and television shows including The Dr.
Phil Show and The Big Idea.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the website. The evening will also include a silent auction, live auction and raffle prizes. Raffle prizes this year are a one-of-a-kind piece from The Goldsmith, $1000 cash, and a Micheal Kors purse and Kendra Scott Color Bar Experience for two.
We EmpowHER originally started as a program inside of the Fond du Lac Social Services Department. The program now resides under the Goebel Family Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Recently, the organization changed its name to We EmpowHER (em· pow· er) to give a clearer picture of the full breadth of services and programming that is provided for free to women and families in the Fond du Lac community. The Spread Your Wings Gala raises funds to directly support We EmpowHER.
Theresa Menting, founder and Executive Director of We EmpowHER, states “so many women come to us because they don’t have a support system in place or a mentor that can give them the confidence they need to explore the resources that are available to them in the community. Our organization strives to bridge that gap and be a place of community and empowerment.”
We EmpowHER provides women and children with a safe, supportive community where participants are encouraged and empowered to engage in year-round programming, utilize
community resources and embrace the best versions of themselves as valued community members. With over 500 women served in the Fond du Lac community, We EmpowHER
continues to see a large number of women applying to be part of the organization as there is such a critical need for community and support.