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. Thank you for joining us on September 26, 2013
at the Abilene Civic Center.
The 2013 Fall Luncheon was entitled “Setting the Pace” and featured Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller
, the most decorated US gymnast of all time! As part of the Magnificent Seven, Shannon and her teammates took the gold in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Shannon is the only US gymnast to rank in the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts.
After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and her law degree from Boston College. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.
Shannon launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women along with her series of fitness books, cookbooks and fitness DVD’s in July, 2010. In 2011, she launched the Shannon Miller Walk-Fit program: a free online tracking and incentive program targeted to the Jacksonville community. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon’s seeks to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.
In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with 9 weeks of chemotherapy for this rare germ cell malignancy. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment through the media, her blog “My Journey” and a free eBook entitled Competing with Cancer. Shannon is currently cancer free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection.
Shannon, her husband and son reside in Jacksonville, Florida. She is expecting her second child, a daughter, this summer.
Shannon helped us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Alliance After School Care this fall. Proceeds from the Fall Luncheon benefit the programs of the Alliance for Women and Children including Alliance After School Care, A-Teens, and Women’s Health Awareness.
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
Cyndee Castel, Chair