Arizona Foundation for Women honored Goldie Hawn, Ernie Allen and Missy Anderson at the 17th Annual AFW Awards Luncheon on May 17 at the Phoenician. The event raised more than $460,000 to help women and children’s programs in Arizona.
Missy Anderson was presented with the Marilyn R. Seymann Award for her charitable work. Anderson has been involved with AFW since its inception in 1997. “I follow my heart, and I follow my passion,” Anderson said. “My passion has always been supporting women and children.”
Ernie Allen was the first male recipient of the Voice for Women Award, and his contributions to fight against minor sex trafficking make him more than worthy. He has dedicated his career to fighting child exploitation. He spoke of how trafficking has moved from the streets to online, noting the need for greater advocacy to effect change. “I accept this award as a challenge to do more,” Allen said.
Goldie Hawn accepted the Sandra Day O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award for her work developing MindUp, a program which helps improve children’s focus and academic progress by educating them about how their brains work. The Hawn Foundation and MindUp have been helping children to live smarter, healthier and happier lives for more than 10 years.