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Empowered WE Rise 2022: Celebrating Women’s Strength & Resilience

The 2022 fundraiser celebrated and honored the resiliency of our partners and the women we serve, as we have seen them continue to persist in the face of adversity and rise through each challenge, working to overcome poverty for their families.


Champion Sponsors

Carol Clause & Carl Crider
Linda Corey & Chris Khoury

Leadership Sponsors

Chris & Cathy Carroll
Debbie McGraw-Block

Uplifting Sponsors
Winifred Cox & Gary Schultz

Empowering Sponsors

Rosette Garcia
Walsh Family Charitable Fund

Impact Sponsors

Barrie Fairley
Blankinship & Foster, LLC
Christy Hendrickson
Creative Planning Foundation
Judy & Paul Bernstein
Pat Wilson
Rosemary Straley
Susan Hennenfent

Mission Sponsors

Barbara Sawrey
Loretta Smith
Teresa Jacques

Additional Supporters

Jean Fort | Linda Kurtz




Aderonke Tosin
Al’Fresko Experience
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Altisma Winery
Belly Up Tavern
Fast Forward Events
Happy Place Picnic
Hsaio Law, PC
Jyoti Mishra, UCSD
Katie’s Healing Kitchen

Kevin Kurtz
Knockaround Sunglasses
M Prevost Design
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Marcy Browe Photography
Next Ridge Career Coaching
PRP Wine International
Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero

Rooted in Raw
San Diego Symphony
Surfhouse Boutique Hotel
SynergySystems Fitness Studio
The Stronghold
The Super Dentists
Thrive Causemetics
Trader Joe’s
VAGA Restaurant & Bar


Attendees were inspired ● Enjoyed food, drinks, music, silent & live auctions ● Browsed a Maker Fair with WE-supported, local women entrepreneurs

All event proceeds benefited our grants distributed to our partner programs in San Diego and internationally.

Understanding Immigration and Asylum Seeking in San Diego | AAUW Panel

Understanding Immigration and Asylum Seeking in San Diego | AAUW Panel

Our very own Board President, Debbie McGraw, will be speaking at the AAUW San Diego panel in honor of International Women’s Day 2022, along with 3 other panelists and experts in their field to discuss Understanding Immigration and Asylum Seeking in San Diego.

About AAUW:

The American Association of University Women is an organization that has been advocating for women and girls since 1881. They are on a mission to reach gender equity & economic security.

Join us for this in-person speaking event, open to the public. 

📍Event details:

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: College- Rolando Library
6600 Montezuma Rd, San Diego, CA

International Women’s Day | Coffee & Flowers Pop-up

International Women’s Day | Coffee & Flowers Pop-up

Join us for a morning of Coffee + Flowers to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 💜

This flower pop-up is sponsored by @sunflorco 🌹

Purchase a specially-designed bouquet to benefit Women’s Empowerment International. @sunflorco will be donating a percentage of the flower proceeds to Women’s Empowerment International.

Event details 📍

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Time: 8am -12pm

Location: YIPAO Coffee | University Heights

4601 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116

Thank you to our event hosts @yipaocoffee and @kairoabrewingcompany 🤝