2019 Luncheon Honoree:  Louise Glasser

2019 Honoree Louise Glasser

2019 Honoree Louise Glasser

Louise appreciates WFSA’s work to strategically highlight and remove roadblocks that stand in the way of success for women and girls. She served two terms on the WFSA board and is now a member of our Advisory Council. During her board service, Louise helped ensure that WFSA met a $1 million challenge grant well ahead of schedule.

Giving back is a Glasser family affair. Louise’s parents were charitable, and she and her husband Jim have shared their philanthropic passion and values with two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren. Organizations they have supported with time and financial gifts in Chicago and Tucson over the years are numerous—nonprofits that serve women and their children, preserve our environment, and promote the arts. The appeal of philanthropy to Louise is to improve and enrich the lives of others in as many ways as possible.

2019 Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipient: Negar Katirai

2019 Laura Penny Award Recipient Negar Katirai

2019 Award Recipient Negar Katirai has dedicated her legal career to empowering women and girls by providing holistic legal and non-legal advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence. Negar has worked in a number of capacities on this issue, including her current role as Director of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic (“DVLC”). Under Negar’s leadership, the DVLC has expanded its services to address clients’ non-legal needs, including counseling, case work, and financial literacy training. She has also engaged in efforts to coordinate with other legal non-profits to increase our community’s ability to meet the legal needs of survivors and conduct outreach. As an Associate Clinical Professor at the College of Law, Negar teaches Family Law and a Domestic Violence Seminar, and guest lectures on a variety of related topics in other classes, including vicarious trauma, trauma-informed legal representation, and cultural competence. Negar also serves as a Board Member of the Arizona Family and Conciliation Courts, where she seeks to increase opportunities for members of the legal community to gain knowledge, competency, and expertise in domestic violence dynamics and best practices for working with survivors of domestic violence. Negar firmly believes that if we all try to be part of the solution, women and girls will enjoy greater empowerment and equality.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Plans are underway for our 26th Annual Luncheon on April 24, 2019.  As the largest non-profit luncheon in Tucson, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Annual Luncheon attracts an audience of 1,000+ attendees. Read about our sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our current 26th Annual Luncheon Sponsors










Thank you for celebrating 26 years of changing women's lives! In 2018, we awarded over $700,000 in grant-awards to organizations creating change that empowers women and girls.

Prior Year Honorees

  • 2018 Gail Giclas
  • 2017 Wanda F. Moore
  • 2016 Laurie Wetterschneider
  • 2015 Laura Penny
  • 2014 Judy Gans
  • 2013 Maura Grogan
  • 2012 Jane Ragle
  • 2011 Melody Robidoux & Harriet Silverman
  • 2010 Marjory Slavin
  • 2009 Helaine Levy
  • 2008 Ann and Lura Lovell
  • 2007 Mary Ann Dobras
  • 2006 Cande Grogan
  • 2005 Helen Schaefer
  • 2004 Susan Pitt
  • Luncheon Gallery

    2018-Gail Giclas and Deb Dale
    2018 - Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipient Anna Harper-Guerrero and Mimi Coomler
    2017 - Allison Vaillancourt and Wanda F. Moore
    2017 - Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipient Cheryl Horvath and Treena Parvello from Desert Diamon Casinos and Entertainment
    2016-Laurie Wetterschneider and Helen Schaefer
    2016-Helaine Levy, Laurie Wetterschneider and Melody Robidoux
    2016-Unidas Girls Philanthropy Program
    2016-Laurie and Larry Wetterschneider and friends