Arizona Foundation for Women Awards Luncheon

750 guests attend luncheon to support unmet needs of Arizona women and children

Arizona Foundation for Women’s annual Awards Luncheon was March 26 at the Arizona Biltmore. The luncheon drew 750 guests and grossed $375,000.

Three award recipients were acknowledged at the event. Two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress, humanitarian and author Ashley Judd received the Sandra Day O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award. Judd is known for her roles in movies such as Kiss the Girls, Eye of the Beholder, Someone Like You and Double Jeopardy. Arizona Foundation for Women recognized her for her philanthropic and activist work around women’s health, rights and equality, and helping those living with AIDS around the world.

Dr. Jen Welter received the Voice of Women Award. Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL and the first woman to play running back in a men’s professional football league.

Dr. Ken Snyder received the Marilyn R. Seymann Award. He has been the dental director and “Kid’s Dentist” at the St. Vincent Dental Clinic and its satellite Children’s Program at the Chandler Care Center for the last 22 years.

Ruby Farias and Patricia Garrity co-chaired the occasion, which was presented by Carstens Family Fund and Southwest Airlines.

Arizona Foundation for Women’s mission is to mobilize the community’s power and resources to meet the unmet needs of Arizona’s women and their children, and empower long-term solutions by focusing on safe, health and economic empowerment.


Arizona Foundation for Women’s Board of Directors – Seated: Kathy Kotin, Susan Thrasher, Marilyn Seymann, Kim Hartmann and CEO Mesha Davis. Standing: Cynthia Wrasman, Jodi Preudhomme, Jon Eliason, Yvette Roeder, Maureen Bussoletti, Nandini Srinivasan, Erin Kelly, Mary Wheeler and Jenny Holsman Tetreault

Missy Turner, Pat Bondurant and Bob Pazderka

Mistress of Ceremonies Lin Sue Cooney

Kim Hartmann, board chair; Marilyn Seymann, founder; Dr. Ken Snyder; and Mesha Davis, Arizona Foundation for Women CEO

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