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Wanda F. Moore named 2017 Luncheon Honoree

Please join us in celebrating Wanda F. Moore as the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s 2017 Luncheon Honoree.

As Chair of the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center Women Heart Health Education Committee Minority Outreach Program, Wanda has dedicated her life to educating at-risk populations about their health. Wanda is an advocate for women’s health and equality and a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Women’s Foundation.

Known as the biggest charitable luncheon event in Tucson, the 2017 Luncheon–our 24th annual–will take place at the Tucson Convention Center on April 26, 2017. Proceeds raised at the Luncheon support critical Women’s Foundation programs, expanding cutting-edge grantmaking for women and girls, growing award-winning programs like Unidas, organizing advocacy efforts and commissioning research projects.

“When I was just a 15-year-old girl, I made a pledge to my mother that ‘When I grow up, I want to make a difference,’ said Wanda Moore, 2017 WFSA Luncheon Honoree. “Being an African American woman in the South, there wasn’t a day that I wasn’t aware of the inequalities that minority women and African Americans face.”

An Advisory Council Member of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Wanda is also a past board member. She has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations in the Tucson community including, serving on the Board of the Tucson Urban League for 6 years, Black Board of Directors Project, Community Foundation of Southern AZ Board, Sahuaro Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign.  Wanda has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for the past 28 years with an uncompromising commitment to serve and empower women and girls.

Wanda was named “Phenomenal Woman 2006” by the University of Arizona Black Alumni for her outstanding community work and established a scholarship under the Black Alumni for African America students at the University.

“As a longtime admirer of Wanda’s community service and outreach regarding health issues within minority communities, local and regional leadership within our beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is a visible and subtle role modeling for professional woman of all hues,” Kendal Washington White, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Wanda’s service in the community is inspired by Luke 12:48 “For of those to whom much is given, much is required; and by Maya Angelou’s statement “If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded.”

“I’ve always had a dedication to give back to those coming up behind me. It just came naturally,” said Moore. “My goal is to get out and educate women wherever I can. Every little things can make a big difference.”

It is fitting that someone with such a big heart has dedicated herself to supporting those around her, fighting for equality and educating women about their heart health. She is a member of the UA Sarver Heart Advisory Board, the UA Women’s Heart Health Education Committee, chair of the Minority Outreach Committee, chair of the Community Coalition for Heart Health Education for Women of Color and a member of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona African American Initiative Board.

“Wanda Moore has a profound and heartfelt commitment to raising awareness of heart disease in our community, particularly in African Americans who suffer the greatest risk factors and other minority women & girls,” said   Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine Chief of Cardiology, Director, Sarver Heart Center. “We hear regularly from members of the Tucson community whose lives have been changed, and even saved, because of what Wanda has taught so many. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this award.”

“The Women’s Foundation proudly selected Wanda because she is a champion for creating change for women and girls in our community,” said Dawne Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. “We’re thrilled to recognize not only Wanda’s professional achievements, but her leadership in the health community, her volunteerism with the Foundation and other non-profits as well as her mentorship and guidance for so many women and girls in her footsteps.”

The 24th annual WFSA Luncheon will take place at the Tucson Convention Center on April 26, 2017. Ticket sales and table reservations will open in February 2017. Proceeds raised at the Luncheon support critical Women’s Foundation programs, expanding cutting-edge grantmaking for women and girls, growing award-winning programs like Unidas, organizing advocacy efforts and commissioning research projects.