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Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Dr. Pia Sen,  Notinee Dance Group
Dr. Pia Sen, Notinee Dance Group
On 10/10/13 at Iron City Birmingham, the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham will showcase smart technology to honor 10 local women who think big. Birmingham Indian community's Dr. Pia Sen is one of ten honorees.
BIRMINGHAM - On Oct. 10, 2013, at Iron City Birmingham, the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham will host its second annual “SMART Party,” dubbed “SMART Party 2.0,” honoring ten local women involved in innovative work improving our region. 
Presented by Regions and St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the SMART Party is a fundraiser for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, the only local foundation that solely supports programs for women and girls. But the SMART party is far more than just another gala. By using the latest in social media technology, donors can take part in an online reinvention of the telethon, raising pledges by friends via Twitter, texts and Facebook and competing for the top prize – a behind the scenes tour of Facebook’s California headquarters and two tickets to San Francisco. In addition, guests from around the world will be able to “join the party” virtually. 
“The SMART Party will incorporate technology before, during and after the event,” said event co-chair Karla Wiles. “Virtual guests will be able to watch the party live from computers or handheld devices anywhere in the world. They can check in using various social media sites, and those who donate will have their name and donation amounts appear on the screen during the event. The women and men attending the event will sip SMARTini’s while mingling and competing for prizes.”
The SMART Party runs from 5:30-8 p.m. at Iron City Birmingham, 513 22nd St. South. Tickets cost $50 and are available in advance at http://www.smartparty.org/birmingham. 
Other prizes include High Ropes Adventure at Red Mountain Park for 20; lunch with PBS’s Gwen Ifill for 3 in D.C.; a private Dior Master Class and lunch at Saks Fifth Avenue; a $1000 gift certificate to Portraits, Inc.; and a Nook. SMART Party entertainment will also include photos with a SMART CAR and a strong social media component showcasing the work of smart women. 
2013 SMART honorees are:
  • Tracey Morant Adams, Executive Director of Economic Development, City of Birmingham
  • Helene Elkus, former member, Mountain Brook City Council, board of Temple Emanuel
  • Jessica Estrada, Director of Community Service and Outreach, St. Vincent’s Medical Ctr.
  • Michele Forman, Documentary Filmmaker, Director of Visual Literacy, UAB
  • Valerie Ramsbacher, Former President, Junior League; Vice President at Regions
  • Dr. Isabel Scarinci, Researcher on cancer prevention of low-income, minority women, UAB
  • Dr. Pia Sen, Owner, Notinee, Indian Dance Company, researcher on gun control study, UAB
  • Pardis Stitt, co-owner of Highlands Bar and Grill and advocate for locally grown food
  • Patricia Todd, Alabama House of Representatives, advocate for low-income and health care
  • Teri Weksler, Teacher, ASFA, founding member of Mark Morris Dance Group
Major corporate sponsors for the SMART Party include Regions, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, B-Metro, EBSCO Industries, Inc., Birmingham Magazine/al.com/Birmingham News, BIG Communications, Alabama Power Company, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, BB&T, HealthSouth, Merrill Lynch, and Tonya Jones SalonSpa.
Planning the SMART Party are co-chairs Karla Wiles and Meredith Calhoun, Honorees Chair Meredith Shah, Logistics Chairs Karen Carroll and Mimi Bittick, Marketing Chair Katrina Watson, and Prizes Chair Brantley Fry.  The concept of smartparty.org was created and executed by The Women’s Fund Board member Brooke Battle.
What Makes The Women’s Fund So Smart
One hundred percent of the proceeds from SMART Party ticket sales will benefit the programs of The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham. Through community support, The Women’s Fund has made grants totaling more than $1.7 million to assist women experiencing domestic violence, being held as victims of sex trafficking or limited personally by financial illiteracy. The work of The Women’s Fund is vital a state where: 
• 30% of female-headed households live in poverty
• Women earn 65 cents for every dollar earned by men
• A lack of affordable childcare leaves many low-income women limited to part-time jobs
To learn more about the mission and work of The Women’s Fund, visit www.womensfundbirmingham.org.
~ Sumbitted by Kanika Manne who is currently serving with The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham
2013 Committee Members
2013 Committee Members

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