Thanks to the support of generous local businesses, chefs, friends and allies, Girls Inc.’s TASTE Gala was a huge success— and raised more than $560,000 in support of girls.
As Lizbeth, our alumna speaker, put it, “I am the real-life outcome of what happens when you invest in a girl.” Growing up in an under-resourced neighborhood in East Oakland, most of her family members hadn’t completed high school, and it was hard for her to see her path into a bright future. But at Girls Inc., she received the resources, support and opportunities to pursue her interests and reach for her dreams— from learning to kickbox, to interning with a local congresswoman, to receiving comprehensive support to apply to college. Now, Lizbeth is now a sophomore at UC Riverside, the first in her family to go to a four-year college.
It is a momentous thing to stand with a community dedicated to the power, the potential, and the future of girls like Lizbeth. And I want to thank you for being part of that community. Whether or not you were at TASTE, you have the opportunity today to make a huge impact for girls by making an investment that goes directly to Girls Inc.’s life-changing programs.
Together, we will ensure all girls are equipped to face down barriers, break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, and move into a strong, smart and bold future.