This event celebrates over 100 years of helping young women and girls who have experienced abuse and neglect make sustainable progress toward recovery and independence.

Funds raised through the Girl Within Luncheon support early intervention, educational and empowerment programs for young women, girls and their families.


2017 Girl Within Luncheon
Friday, December 1
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Pre-event reception begins at 11:00am for patrons and sponsors
Valet and garage parking available

Tickets available for $100-$150
Tables are also available for parties of 10

RSVP by November 17

Guest Speaker
Regina Louise is a successful businesswoman, child advocate and author of Somebody’s Someone, her memoir about overcoming child abuse and traumatic transitions through foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities.




2017 Woman of the Year
Francine Christiansen has been a dynamic and effective nonprofit leader and community volunteer in Greater Hartford for over 30 years, focusing on helping young, at-risk women take charge of their lives. She was active with the Junior League of Hartford’s Friends of the Family – a teen parent resource program that later became part of The Village, and chaired The Village Board of Directors, among many other volunteer and philanthropic activities.



Irene O’Connor, Anchor, WFSB-TV Channel 3






The Hartford





Silver: All Waste, Inc., Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Eastern Connecticut State University
Bronze: Robinson & Cole

For sponsorship opportunities or to become a table captain in 2017, please contact Matt Southward,, 860-236-4511 x3358.

The 2016 Girl Within Luncheon, held on Friday, December 2, was attended by nearly 500 women and men, and raised over $153,000.

Learn  more about the event, watch videos and view photos here >