Annual Luncheon 2019

2019 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.


Save the date for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 and plan to join us as we celebrate Louise at our 2019 Annual Luncheon at the Tucson Convention Center. Tickets and table reservations go on sale in February – watch for your invitation!

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.

Annual Luncheon 2018

We have a million reasons to thank Women’s Foundation supporters!

Thanks to all our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and partners for making the 25th Annual Luncheon, powered by Tucson Electric Power, a resounding success for women and girls in our region!

Our work–collaborating to achieve change that empowers women and girls–comes with ambitious goals. At this year’s 25th Annual Luncheon, the Women’s Foundation aimed to raise $250,000 to support our vital mission.

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, we’re overjoyed to announce that not only did we meet our goal, we exceeded it by raising over $300,000! And, in partnership with the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, we made a special announcement – read the coverage in the Arizona Daily Star here.

2018 Honoree: Gail Giclas

2018 Honoree Gail Giclas - Headshot

2018 Honoree Gail Giclas


A true champion for women and girls in our community and a leading woman in finance here in Southern Arizona, Gail started her career as a financial advisor in 1983, working with Boettcher and Company, Shearson Lehman Brothers/Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America before joining Raymond James & Associates in 2017 to open their Tucson Branch. Active with numerous organizations in the Tucson community, Gail served as a trustee on the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona Board of Trustees and is currently an Advisory Council member of WFSA. Gail has also served as event chair of the Annual Gala Committee for the Arizona Theatre Company. She and her daughter co-founded a grassroots Mother/Daughter Giving Circle that helps young women and their mothers become involved in local philanthropic causes. Originally, from the Kansas City area, Gail has been proud to call Tucson home since 1983. She and her husband, Patric, have two children, Eli and Emma, from whom she learns daily.



2018 Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipient: Anna Harper-Guerrero

2018 Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipient Anna Harper-Guerrero

For the past 16 years, Anna Harper-Guerrero has dedicated herself to serving her community by working to end violence against women and girls. She has worked in a wide variety of positions focused on addressing sexual assault and domestic violence, including her current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Her leadership at Emerge led to the organization’s distinction by The Non Profit Times as one of the Top 50 Non Profit Employers in the United States. Her appointment to the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Court through the Arizona Supreme Court has already influenced statewide criminal justice reforms and will result in future laws that create positive change for women and girls. For many years, she has taught social work courses as a faculty associate at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work, serving as a role model for women (and men, too) in the field. Anna has spent her life helping individual women and girls find safety and hope for the future.

Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors who made our 25th Annual Luncheon possible:


Bronze Sponsors

BeachFleischman, P.C.
Bogutz & Gordon, P.C.
Buffalo Exchange
Community Partners Integrated Healthcare
Homewatch Caregivers
Intermountain Centers
Laurie & Lisa Designs
Pima Dermatology
Schaefer Present & Stoffers Investment Group | RBC Wealth Management
Snell & Wilmer Law Offices
Spectrum Printing
The Temp Connection
Truly Nolen
Tucson Federal Credit Union

Thank you for celebrating 26 years of changing women's lives! In 2017, 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