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Abby Foundation Women Together Luncheon

Zoraida SambolinThe Abby Foundation's 2015 Women Together Luncheon will be held on Friday, August 7 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. This year marks the 30th Anniversary for the Women Together Luncheon! Our guest speaker will be Zoraida Sambolin, Weekday Edition Co-anchor, NBC5 News Today.

Zoraida Sambolin
is the Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC5 News Today. Sambolin rejoined NBC5 News in 2014 after spending two years at CNN. The morning news anchor originally joined WMAQ in the summer of 2002 and began reporting for Telemundo the following year. As the first Chicago on-air broadcaster to work at both English and Spanish language stations simultaneously, she has broken new ground for Latinos in the No. 3 market in the country. Sambolin launched "Nuestra Familia" on WSNS Telemundo. In the weekly series, Sambolin tackles a variety of topics on health and family life and provides resources and information to help Latino families in the Chicago area.

Tickets for the 30th Anniversary Women Together Luncheon are $45, or a table of 10 for $450. Tickets can be purchased online
or, send your check payable to: Abby Foundation, P.O. Box 121, Olympia Fields, IL 60461. Reservations must be paid in advance. Tickets will be held at the door. Assigned seating for tables of 10 only.



The Abby Foundation of the South Suburbs

From 1985 until today, the Abby Foundation’s mission has remained constant: raise money and distribute it to established nonprofit organizations, who apply for a grant that help women and their children and fund scholarships for both young women and returning women.

In its early years, Abby women asked friends and neighbors to join them at focus groups which eventually grew into formal luncheons. It was a simple recipe; spend a little time and money and help a neighbor. The first luncheon raised $2,000 that was quickly donated to two established domestic violence shelters, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and the South Suburban Family Shelter.

A board of directors and a membership component were soon formed and as luncheon attendance grew, breast cancer awareness joined domestic violence prevention as Abby beneficiaries. At the same time, a scholarship program was initiated, helping women reach their potential through scholarships.


Abby Foundation Membership

Membership to the Abby Foundation is easy. Donate $100 per year for an individual membership to the foundation and attend the luncheon which features a keynote speaker, a raffle, an exhibit area for local businesses and nonprofit organizations, an informational program book that contains an A to Z listing of nonprofit organizations. Business memberships are also available and include a business listing in the program book and ticket to the Women Together luncheon.

Abby’s original 20 members became almost 100 in 2009 and the board of directors hopes to continue growing that membership so that more nonprofit organizations will receive financial help. In its many years, the Abby Foundation has distributed more than a million dollars through its programs.


Abby Foundation Scholarships

scholarship applicationThe Abby Foundation offers scholarships to women who need assistance to attend college in the fall, either as graduating high school seniors or women returning to college. We are able to offer $1,000 scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students attending a four-year college/university and $500 scholarships to those attending a two-year community college. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0/4.0.




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