GREENSBORO, N.C. – New York Times bestselling author, network news reporter and philanthropist Lee Woodruff will be the special guest speaker at Women to Women’s Celebration Luncheon in Greensboro this fall, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced today.

The luncheon is set for Monday, Oct. 19, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the event begins at Noon and runs until 1:30 p.m.


Lee Woodruff

Lee Woodruff

Woodruff is the wife of former ABC World News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff, whose traumatic brain injury sustained while reporting from Iraq and subsequent recovery moved the nation. That horrendous incident changed Lee Woodruff’s world as she knew it, and the struggle she endured, too, was the subject of her books, Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing and Perfectly Imperfect, both national bestsellers.

Lee knows that life can change in an instant. One minute, you’re a successful freelance writer and businesswoman, mother of four children and the wife of the newly appointed co-anchor on ABC. The next minute, your life turns upside down when your husband is severely wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Showing immense courage, Woodruff held her family together. She provided the extra support her children needed, as well as the moral and physical support to her husband during his slow, painstaking recovery.

Gaining strength from their own incredible ordeal, Lee and her husband made the decision to help others, founding the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports injured veterans and their families.

Now a bestselling author, Woodruff shares her personal story with audiences, providing them with the wisdom and inspiration she learned along her remarkable — and often difficult — journey.

Lee Woodruff also is a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning, commenting on a variety of current events and family-related topics.

About Women to Women

Women to Women is an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation which focuses its support on issues relevant to women and families in Greensboro. Women to Women’s granting-making for the next three years will focus on transformative programs which assist women in establishing economic independence.

Our luncheon is set for October 19. Tickets will go on sale at later this summer.

Our luncheon is set for October 19. Tickets will go on sale at later this summer.

The sixth annual Celebration Luncheon continues the work of Women to Women – the first permanent grantmaking endowment of its kind in the Greensboro area. This fund was established by women for women – to help improve the lives of other women and their families in the Greensboro area.

The Women to Women fund already has achieved its initial $3 million goal, and is working to raise an additional $2 million. Once all pledges of the new $5 million goal have been fulfilled, the fund is expected to generate $200,000 annually in grant support.

This year, Women to Women is pleased to continue its partnership with the News & Record, the luncheon’s Presenting Sponsor, in presenting the News & Record Woman of the Year Award – recognizing a woman who has made a tremendous, positive impact on the Greensboro area, as well as an emerging leader under 40, the Rising Star.