Vermont Women’s Fund
Annual Benefit Celebration
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Champion, 2-time Gold Medalist & Equity Advocate
$25 general audience | $10 students
Join the Vermont Women’s Fund’s friends and donors as we honor the #EqualPay movement and celebrate women athletes in Vermont. Virtual event starts at 5:30 with a warm-up party before we kick it off at 6 pm with emcee Jane Lindholm from VPR. Buy your tickets now to save your seat and receive updates on pre-party and special speakers. All proceeds from the event support the mission of the Women’s Fund and respond to the overwhelming needs of women and girls in Vermont this year.
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Meet Our Speaker:
Briana Scurry is widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented and influential goalkeepers. Her 173 international appearances as one of the first African-American professional female soccer players diversified the sport.
Named starting goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Team in 1994, she led the team on an illustrious run that included two Olympic gold medals. In the 1999 FIFA World Cup Championship – which represented one of the most seminal events in American athletic history – Briana made the iconic shootout save that carried the United States to victory.
As one of the first African American and openly LGBT professional female soccer players, Briana Scurry has championed diversity and equality throughout her legendary career. The epitome of a team player with a palpable love of the game, Briana draws on her resiliency to advocate for equality, traumatic brain injury awareness, and the development of women’s soccer. Briana channels her ability to overcome obstacles to provide insight on the importance of teamwork, motivation, focus, and strategies for leveraging personal strengths.
Through her immeasurable impact on the landscape of women’s soccer and American sports culture, Briana received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sam Lacy Award, inclusion in the United States Women’s National Team’s All-Time Best XI, and a permanent feature as the Title IX exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Briana was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
This event is made possible by the generous support of:
The Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation is a catalyst for change. We were founded as the first philanthropic resource dedicated to statewide support for local programs that help women and girls rise and thrive. In our 25 year legacy, we have distributed over $2 million to nonprofit programs that serve the economic advancement of Vermont’s women and girls.
Today, we play a major role in advancing gender equity in Vermont by underwriting Change The Story, a statewide initiative fast-tracking women’s economic security.