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Originally published: 2013-06-20 12:28:30
Last modified: 2013-06-20 12:28:30

WF Women of Vision event in Linville June 27

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Appalachian Women’s Fund will hold its sixth annual Women of Vision Award Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, at Linville Ridge Country Club. The event is open to the public, with a silent auction beginning at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the award presentation at noon. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by phone at (828) 264-4002 or by clicking to AWF has announced that the event has been sold out since Wednesday, June 5, but names may still be added to a waiting list.

“It’s a kind of good news, bad news situation. We rearranged the silent auction area to add 20 more seats. We generally cap out at around 200 people, but are able to seat 220, with a waiting list of 13 people at this point,” AWF Public Relations Director Cathy Williamson said.

Each year, event organizers add a unique twist to the silent auction, which serves as a large part of the monies raised. “Tree of Life” is the theme of the auction this year and would not be complete without live trees, ready to be auctioned off, delivered and planted. Local auctioneers, Margo Lenmark and Anne Rasheed, will auction off other large ticket items live.

Rounding out the afternoon is the presentation of the Women of Vision Award, announced on the day of the event. According to Williamson, this year’s recipient was a clear choice due to her philanthropic involvement and dedication to the betterment of women’s lives.

“This year’s recipient is a survivor of rape, and she was very public about that survivorship. She used that as a platform to raise awareness with young girls and college-age girls,” Williamson explained. “She has been very instrumental in making it a topic not to be ashamed of or embarrassed about, but instead something to be talked about. She was also very instrumental in taking that and trying to foster self-esteem and physical fitness in girls, because all of those things help you not to become a victim, walking stronger and being stronger.” 

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to