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United Way’s Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon Features Keynote Speaker Marie Osmond

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council hosts its second annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon at Paris Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. and welcomes celebrity keynote speaker – and renowned philanthropist – Marie Osmond. The exclusive event also honors three outstanding women leaders in United Way’s focus areas of education, health and financial stability.

Serving as the event’s keynote speaker, internationally-recognized celebrity and local headliner Marie Osmond will discuss her own charitable work and the inspiring stories she’s helped to create along the way. Osmond is the co-founder of the Children’s Miracle Network, which has helped more than 17 million kids obtain quality healthcare. She also serves as the spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

In addition to Osmond’s inspirational address, United Way will recognize three outstanding women leaders who have encouraged change to improve lives through their exemplary philanthropic efforts locally. Carol Harter, Executive Director of Black Mountain Institute and UNLV President Emerita will receive the 2010 Commitment to Education Award; Maureen Peckman, Chief Emerging Business Officer for Cleveland Clinic Nevada and CEO for Keep Memory Alive will receive the 2010 Access to Healthcare Award; and the Honorable Lorraine Hunt-Bono, former Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner, Nevada Commission on Tourism will receive the 2010 Financial Stability Award.

“Now is the time for our community’s women leaders to invest their philanthropic resources and help us create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place,” stated Beth Miller, vice president of major gifts for United Way of Southern Nevada. “We invite all women leaders and philanthropists to be a part of the change and join us on Feb. 25 – and together we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.”

Tickets for the luncheon are $80 per person or $800 per table of 10, and all proceeds will benefit United Way of Southern Nevada. The organization’s goal is to double the attendance numbers from last year’s event. To purchase tickets or for more information on the Women’s Leadership Council, contact Beth Miller, vice president of major gifts at (702) 892-2317.

The event will also feature functional table centerpieces promoting women’s health and well-being, designed to benefit women in need at local area shelters. Included in the aesthetically-pleasing table decorations will be toiletries, health products and first-aid accoutrements to be donated to Shade Tree, Safe Nest and Safe House immediately following the luncheon.

Boasting a membership of 116, the Women’s Leadership Council recognizes the power of women’s philanthropy. Co-chairs Cathy Jones and Judy Kropid said, “United Way’s mission of creating lasting change and improving lives has deeply resonated with an overwhelming number of our community’s executive, professional and philanthropic women leaders, who have responded in record-breaking numbers over the past year.”