Upcoming Events

Fall Luncheon – Thursday, September 14th

  • Love That Bag! (Purse Auction)

    What is Love That Bag?

    Love That Bag! (formerly known as the Old Bags Tea/Purse Auction) is a live and silent auction featuring new and used, designer and casual, purses and bags of all kinds. In 2016, jewelry was added to sparkle up the event. These purses and jewelry are donated by our gracious donors who clean out their closets to share those bags they once loved and no longer use and by donors who see bags along the way during their shopping adventures and set them aside for the event. All purse and jewelry donations are in-kind tax deductible gifts to the Alliance and once valued by the donor, can be presented with a receipt for tax purposes.
    Proceeds from the auctions benefit the programs of the Alliance for Women & Children including Alliance After School Care and A-Teens.

    When and where is the event?

    The 2017 Purse & Jewelry Auction was held at the Abilene Woman’s Club on Thursday, May 4th at 6:00pm. Emcee Shea Woodard Hall and auctioneer Justin Crowe did a fantastic job this year’s event.

    How can I donate a bag?

    Donations for the next years's event can be taken by any Board Member of the Alliance for Women & Children or can be dropped off at the Alliance office. Please include the value of the bag and the name and address of the donor.

    How do can I participate in the event?

    Reserved tables for 8 are available for purchase prior to the event for $400, as well as, individual seating at $50 per ticket. Space is limited and we have sold out for the past few years, so act early! Tables and seats can be reserved by contacting the Alliance office at 325-677- 5321.

    Special Thanks

    To Our 2017 Purse Auction Committee:
    Courtney Head & Shay Minor – Co-Chairs
    Helen Cavanaugh
    Becky Nail
    Cyndee Stevens
    Jenny Young
    Pam Yungblut

  • Fall Luncheon

    The 2017 Fall Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 14th at the Abilene Convention Center featuring Coach Herman Boone of Remember the Titans!

    In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools were integrated to form T.C. Williams High School. In a story captured by the monumentally popular Disney film Remember the Titans, Herman Boone—portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington—faced the challenge of a lifetime in uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newlycreated Titan football team. Tensions only escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C. Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans, passing over Bill Yoast, the local favorite and successful head coach of the former (and white) Hammond High. Yoast’s supporters were angered by Boone’s appointment, which was seen as a gesture of goodwill to the black community. Remarkably, the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices and in doing so, united their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small Virginia community put aside their intolerance and join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and going on to win the state championship. Remember the Titans screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard said in a Washington Post interview, “Herman is Shakespearean. The beauty of Herman and what he did was that it was sort of unconscious. If you’d asked Herman when he took over T.C. Williams, ‘Were you trying to make a point with these kids?’ he would have said, ‘No, I just want to win football games.’ He had to get the players to get along to win football games. And it worked for just that reason— because it wasn’t self-conscious. He did something quite beyond what even he realized.” Herman Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement, and the importance of character.

    What is the Fall Luncheon?

    The Fall Luncheon is an annual fundraising event typically held in September at which we bring in a motivational, inspiring speaker to bring an encouraging message to the community. Please check back for date and time of this year’s Fall Luncheon to be held at the Abilene Convention Center.

    How can I participate in the Fall Luncheon?

    The Alliance accepts sponsorships for the Fall Luncheon to underwrite the costs of the event. Information regarding sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Toni Brockway, Executive Director at 325-677-5321.

    Special Thanks to the 2017 Fall Luncheon Committee

    Celia Gesting, Chair
    Kimm Ferrell, Co-Chair
    Romona Brogan
    Molly Lee

  • Additional Events and Activities

    Annual Meeting

    According to our by-laws, the Alliance for Women & Children holds an annual meeting of its membership once a year in the fourth quarter to report to the membership regarding the organization’s progress. This is also the meeting in which new officers and new members of the upcoming year’s Board of Directors are selected. If you are a member, please watch for your invitation to this meeting around November as the meeting will be held during the first week of December.