Graduates of Women’s Empowerment’s job-readiness program for homeless women celebrate at the organization’s annual Celebration of Independence Gala.

Women’s Empowerment’s 13th Annual Gala Raises $160,000
Annual fundraiser benefits homeless women and children


More than 500 community members recently mingled with 100 graduates of the program at the 13th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala, raising $160,000 for Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit helping women who are homeless find homes and jobs so they can support their families. Graduates attended the program in ball gowns, and many of the women were sponsored by community members to attend the event.

The event honored the group’s 1,158 graduates at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. Guests enjoyed a formal dinner, silent auction, live auction by Keith McLane of KLM Auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

            “Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate and to those who sponsored our graduates for this night that celebrated their amazing accomplishments,” said Lisa Culp, executive director.

Women’s Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,158 homeless women and their more than 2,500 children. Last year, 81 percent of graduates found homes and 90 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. For more information and to donate online, visit


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