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Lifestyle blogger to speak at Interfaith charity luncheon

November 19, 2018

A much sought-after author and lifestyle-focused internet personality has been tabbed to be the keynote speaker for an event centered around a local charity in The Woodlands.

Rachel Hollis is to address attendees at the sixth annual Women Empowering Women luncheon hosted by Interfaith - The Woodlands, set for Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.

Hollis is the New York Times best-selling author of “Girl, Wash Your Face” and founded a lifestyle blog and women’s conference. She’s known for her input on topics such as family life and friendships through her cookbooks, podcasts and overall brand.

Interfaith President and CEO Missy Herndon said that the organizers chose Hollis for the event because her message is all about empowering women.

“She’s an entrepreneur, a mother, a wife, a go-getter, and she’s very real. She’s a natural fit and a great way to engage a younger generation,” Herndon said.

The net proceeds from the luncheon go to support Interfaith’s Community Clinic. While the clinic is funded by local hospitals, Herndon said they organize this fundraiser to become more self-sufficient.

The clinic offers medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured Montgomery County residents, both men and women. The clinic averages about 9,000 patient visits per year, and does so with volunteers who work as licensed healthcare providers.

The clinic was founded in 1996, and Medical Director Jack Lesch said the clinic exists to provide a medical home for those who would otherwise not be eligible to receive baseline medical care.

Herndon said by commissioning inspiring and purposeful speakers for the event, Interfaith’s goal is to continue to expand the base of support for the clinic.

“Having a dynamic, trending speaker like Rachel Hollis might bring new people into the fold. They might come to hear her, but they might leave supporting a worthy cause,” Herndon said

Last year, Herndon said, the event raised $100,000. This year, they’re looking to bump that number up: with a goal to raise $164,000.

“We are hoping that (Hollis) will bring in a few more people so that we can share the mission of the community clinic with them as well,” Herndon said.

Individuals may purchase a single ticket for $300, while sponsorships are also available for parties of 10 people.

Various levels of sponsorship are available from $2,500 to $7,000 and could include bonuses such as recognition in the event program or post-event passes to meet Hollis. The event’s presenting sponsor this year is CHI St. Luke’s Health.

“Every year we’ve increased a bit more in attendance and funds raised, and it’s exciting to watch it grow,” Herndon said.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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