Former team captain of the U.S. gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics Team, Survivor and Advocate, Aly Raisman, will be the guest speaker at the 5th Annual Fort Bend Women’s Center Healing and Hope Luncheon at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
The Luncheon is Fort Bend Women’s Center’s annual keynote event, with this year’s focus providing education and information in support of sexual assault awareness and advocacy. Fort Bend Women’s Center is the only domestic violence and sexual assault emergency shelter and crisis hotline in Fort Bend County, providing support services such as counseling, advocacy, and case management for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Aly Raisman is the third most decorated American gymnast of all-time. She rose to stardom when she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise in 2012 and went on to lead the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team to the gold medal in 2016. Raisman is also known for surviving sexual abuse at the hand of a trusted supporter in her corner.
Raisman now uses her voice to encourage the conversation surrounding mental health, positive body image and self-care. She even went on to write a memoir entitled Fierce, where she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues to advocate for systemic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.
Fort Bend Women’s Center CEO, Vita Goodell said: “We are proud to welcome Aly Raisman as our keynote speaker this year for our Healing and Hope Luncheon. She represents what a champion looks like, not just in the Games, but in the fight against sexual abuse. My hope is that this year’s luncheon will bring encouragement to survivors and show our community of supporters how they can best support victims. Last year, we served 1,599 survivors and children in the Greater Houston Area and will continue to strive to provide the healing and hope that victims of abuse need.”
Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA). “PCCA believes it’s a tremendous blessing to be in a community with Fort Bend Women’s Center as a resource. For many decades now, we have considered it an honor to provide any support we can to serve this incredible organization and its purposes. The Women’s Center’s team of staff and volunteers continue to create opportunities that pull our community together to serve victims needing a refuge, resources, and recovery from violent domestic crime. The Healing and Hope engagements are just one of those great opportunities and it is with pride that PCCA joins others in our community to sponsor and lift up FBWC in magnifying its compassionate mission,” said Jim Smith, President of PCCA.
Sponsorship packages for Fort Bend Women’s Center’s Healing and Hope Luncheon begin at $2,500 for a table of ten. Individual tickets are also available at $150. For more information on the Healing and Hope luncheon, click here.
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Aly Raisman Biography:
Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the third most decorated American gymnast of all-time. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only three U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back teams in more than 20 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.
A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to help normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, Fierce, she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues to advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.