Registration for Power of the Purse, featuring Abby Wambach, opens March 1

Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Press release from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina:

Registration for The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s (CFWNC) Power of the Purse® luncheon begins Friday, March 1.  Online registration is available at for $75 per person and $150 per patron.  Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, is the featured speaker for the popular event, taking place on Tuesday, May 21, at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville.

With 184 career goals, Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in the history of international soccer and a vocal advocate for pay equity and LGBTQ rights. “Abby Wambach is fearless and competitive,” said Elizabeth Brazas, CFWNC president. “We know she’s a champion on the field.  Off the field, she is a champion for women, girls, equal rights and equal pay. If you have read her first book, you know that the way she has handled loss speaks volumes about her approach to the world. Her call for female leadership and equity is a great fit for Power of the Purse®.”

Wambach, American soccer icon, Olympic gold medalist and activist, was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, she is dedicating the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries.

She is also The New York Times best-selling author of Forward: A Memoir. Her new book, Wolfpack, will be released by Celadon Books on April 16. Copies of Wolfpack will be sold at the event.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina that supports the unmet needs of women and girls across the region.  The program includes the announcement of the 2019 Women for Women grants.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) works with families, businesses and nonprofits to strengthen communities through the creation of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking. A permanent charitable resource, the Foundation manages over 1,100 funds and has facilitated more than $234 million in philanthropy since its founding in 1978. Learn more at

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