Alliance for Women and Children


Fall LuncheonWine, Women, and ShoesAdditional Events

Fall Luncheon

The 2019 Fall Luncheon was held on Thursday, September 12th at 11:45am at the Abilene Convention Center featuring Jen Hatmaker.

Jen Hatmaker is the author of eleven books, including New York Times Bestsellers For the Love and Of Mess and Moxie. She is the happy hostess of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week. she and her husband, Brandon, founded the Legacy Collective, a giving community that funds sustainable solutions to systemic problems around the world. They also starred in an HGTV series called "My Big Family Renovation" and live in a 105-year old farmhouse just outside Austin, TX with their five kids. She speaks at events all over the country and hosts the popular podcast For the Love with Jen Hatmaker. Check out her books, schedule, and blog at

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.


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 2018 Fall Luncheon Committee
Cyndee Stevens, Chair
Helen Cavanough
Wendy Kilmer
Deb Strong
Tracy Talley
Jenny Young

Wine, Women, and Shoes

Hello, Friends!

After a great deal of consideration, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Wine, Women, & Shoes until spring 2021. We very much want to see you, celebrate with you, and sip some wine with you while raising funds for our families, but your safety and health is incredibly important to us. We believe this is the best decision during this time.

This pandemic has brought many challenges for the Alliance, and your support and prayers during this time mean everything to us.

As soon as a date is set in the spring for Wine, Women, & Shoes, we will let you know so you can save the date. It is definitely worth the wait!

In the meantime, please consider making a donation to the Alliance. We anticipate many of our families will need a little extra help with their After School Care fees. Many of our families were unable to work during this pandemic. There is a lot of uncertainty with the start of school. Let's make sure they are able to enroll their children in Alliance After School Care, so their children are in a safe place while they finish their work day.

We can't wait to celebrate with you in the spring!

Toni, Jenny, Deb, & Cheryl

In the last decade, Wine, Women & Shoes has exploded across the US producing more than 400 fashion fundraising events. This two-part signature event series creates an enhanced atmosphere of giving where community-minded, philanthropic women (and a few good men) gather to sip, shop, savor, and support a worthy cause in an exciting, chic and innovative way.

The Marketplace — Sip, Savor, Shop & Support

The Marketplace ignites the senses with an energetic atmosphere from the moment guests step through the doors. From wine tasting and culinary delights, to shopping the designer pop-up boutiques, and mingling with charming Shoe Guys, this portion of the event is lively and engaging. With revenue generating activations sprinkled throughout, guests have fun while supporting a great cause.

Seated Program — Let's Take to the Stage!

From the welcome to mission message, and the live auction to the fashion show, guests are engaged with wow moments throughout the seated program. Striking stages with dramatic lighting and entertainment delight and command the attention of the entire audience. Most importantly, the program educates and engages the guests in the cause.


When and Where is the event?

Our 2nd Annual Wine Women & Shoes will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 201 Mesquite Event Center. More details to come! If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive an invitation, please send your mailing address and email address to Toni at

How Can I Donate?

There are several ways you can help make this event a great success! We have multiple sponsorhip opportunities that provide your business incredible access to around 300 influential, decision-making women in our community. We also collect donations of all kinds of items ranging in value for our Key to the Closet raffle, our silent auction, and our live auction! Contact Toni for more information about how you can help!

How can I participate in the event?

Tickets go on sale a couple months before the event. Follow out Facebook page for updates @WineWomenandShoesAbilene

Special Thank to our 2020 Wine, Women, and Shoes Committee
Cheryl Sawyers, Deb Strong, and Jenny Young - Event Co-chairs
Donna Alexander
John Bittrick
Jan Blair
Romona Brogan
Helen Cavanaugh
David & Kayla Christianson
Anne Doming
Emily Goolsby
Joni KcKinnon
Mary Pat Mercer
Denese Montes
Caren Ohliger
Becky Rentz
Cassidy Sooter

Additional Events and Activities

Abilene Gives

24 Hours to Give Where You Live

Abilene Gives is a 24-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofit organizations and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.

On May 1, 2018, Abilene Gives was one of more than 100 community giving events happening across the country to raise the profile of charitable giving. Abilene Gives will allow our community to give together by collectively supporting our local nonprofit organizations.

24 hours of giving began at 12:00 a.m. on May 1.

Participating nonprofits also have the opportunity to receive additional funds based on donations received during Abilene Gives, encouraging donors to make a gift on this particular day to support their favorite causes or nonprofits.

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.