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The 16th Annual Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon

The Women's Legacy Fund will be hosting their annual luncheon at the Alex Madonna Expo Center on Thursday, September 27th 2018 from noon to 1:45pm. This year we expect more than 800 passionate women and men to attend this cornerstone event. Funds raised at the event are put into a permenent endowment which will allow us to provide grants to our community into perpetuity. Last year our luncheon attendees raised more than $80,000 in donations and pledges for women and girls in need in San Luis Obispo County.

This year the Women's Legacy Fund has awarded $65,000 in new grants to local programs that focus on empowering girls in San Luis Obispo County. We will also highlight the great work that last years' non-profits have done in our community to support girls. 


Ted Bunch is an educator, activist and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.  Bunch is Chief Development Officer of A CALL TO MEN and is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood.  He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood.

Bunch is the former director and co-creator of the largest program for domestic violence offenders in America.  His innovative work laid the groundwork for the prevention strategies now endorsed as best practice in engaging men to end violence against women. Bunch developed and implemented model response programs for police, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders dealing with domestic violence. 

Ted is dedicated to strengthening community accountability to end all forms of violence against women. A CALL TO MEN envisions a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. We believe that our community members will find this is a topical and important presentation of how to address and solve one of the serious problems challenging our community and county.

Since its inception in 2003, the Womens Legacy Fund permanent endowment has grown to more than $1.4 million, which has allowed us to award more than $350,000 in grants to non-profit programs that benefit women and girls in our community.

Attendees may chose form the following luncheon options:

Mandarin Chicken Salad - Summer garden mixed greens tossed with Gorgonzola cheese, dried cherries, mandarin oranges, with a sliced marinated chicken breast on top. Salad is pre-tossed with citrus vinaigrette.

Vegetarian Mediterranean Sandwich - Focaccia bread with avocado, sprouts, romaine lettuce, roasted red peppers, and garlic mayonnaise. Served with a fruit cup.

Tickets are SOLD OUT for this event. To add your name to our wait list for your chance to attend the lucnhoen, please email Eirn McCall at or call 805-543-2323.


SLO International Film Festival Screening

The Women's Legacy Fund periodically sponsors documentaries of particular interest. This year, "Equal Means Equal" was screened on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at the Fremont Theatre. Women these days are bombarded with messages of empowerment, female strength, and "anything-is-possible" girl power. But dig deeper and listen to their actual stories, as Kamala Lopez does in this tour-de-force examination of equality and feminism in the U.S. and abroad. You'll quickly discover how painfully hollow those messages ring to the women they're designed to bolster. For more information about this powerful film click HERE.

Women of Distinction Awards

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s Women’s Legacy Fund and Cuesta College partner each March to celebrate the recipients of the Women of Distinction awards. The awards honor four Central Coast women for their professional and civic contributions. The honorees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. The ceremony and awards celebrate Women’s History Month (March) and recognize the contribution that women have made in the areas of volunteering in the community, their profession and in philanthropy.

To read more about the awards and past recipeinets, please click HERE.

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