Upcoming Events

12th Annual Fall Luncheon - Thursday September 18, 2014

The Fall Luncheon is SOLD OUT. However, we have begun a waiting list. To place your name on our waiting list, please email and let us know how many tickets you would like to place on the list along with your name.
  • Love That Bag! (Purse Auction)

    What is Love That Bag?

    Love that Bag - Purse Auction
    Love That Bag! (formerly known as the Old Bags Tea/Purse Auction) is a live and silent auction featuring new and used, designer and casual, purses and bags of all kinds. These purses are donated by our gracious donors who clean out their closets to share those bags they once loved and no longer use and by donors who see bags along the way during their shopping adventures and set them aside for the event. All purse donations are in-kind tax deductible gifts to the Alliance and once valued by the donor, can be presented with a receipt for tax purposes.

    Proceeds from the auctions benefit the programs of the Alliance for Women & Children including Alliance After School Care, A-Teens, Women’s Health Awareness, and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

    When and where is the event?

    The 10th Annual Love That Bag event will be held at the Abilene Country Club on Thursday, May 15 at 6:00pm.

    How can I donate a bag?

    Donations can be taken by any Board Member of the Alliance for Women & Children or can be dropped off at the Alliance office. Please include the value of the bag and the name and address of the donor.

    How do can I participate in the event?

    Reserved tables for 8 are available for purchase prior to the event for $400, as well as, individual seating at $50 per ticket. Space is limited and we have sold out for the past few years, so act early! Tables and seats can be reserved by contacting the Alliance office at 325-677-5321.

    Special Thanks

    To Our 2014 Purse Auction Committee:
    Megan Brown, Chair
    Lucy Vinson, Co-Chair
    Lexi Alexander
    Helen Cavanaugh
    Becky Nail
    Panissa Williams

  • Fall Luncheon

    Join us to hear from Elizabeth Smart!

    What is the Fall Luncheon?

    The Fall Luncheon is an annual fundraising event typically held in September at which we bring in a motivational, inspiring speaker to bring an encouraging message to the community. Please join us Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Abilene Civic Center.

    The Alliance for Women and Children is excited to announce abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart as the 2014 Fall Luncheon speaker. The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors had controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 months.

    Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction.

    Elizabeth is currently involved in the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and she has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, My Story. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled – “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences to not give up and to know that there is life after tragic events.

    Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child. Elizabeth’s life now is a daily demonstration that it is possible to overcome extreme adversity, by not allowing your past to dictate your life's future. Proceeds from the Fall Luncheon benefit the programs of the Alliance for Women & Children including Alliance After School Care, A-Teens, and Women’s Health Awareness.

    How can I participate in the Fall Luncheon?

    The Alliance accepts sponsorships for the Fall Luncheon to underwrite the costs of the event. Information regarding sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Toni Brown, Executive Director at 325-677-5321.

    Special Thanks to the 2013 Fall Luncheon Committee

    Becky Frost, Chair
    Denise Camacho
    Cynthia Carr
    Delores Cox
    Emily Dean
    Rhonda Jarvis
    Nancy Smith

  • Additional Events and Activities

    Annual Meeting

    According to our by-laws, the Alliance for Women & Children holds an annual meeting of its membership once a year in the fourth quarter to report to the membership regarding the organization’s progress. This is also the meeting in which new officers and new members of the upcoming year’s Board of Directors are selected. If you are a member, please watch for your invitation to this meeting around November as the meeting will be held during the first week of December.