Trust Women | Fifth Annual Gala | Reproductive Rights

 Our Fifth Annual Gala was Nov. 17, 2016. Political trailblazer Carol Moseley Braun served as our keynote speaker, and we couldn’t have asked for a more inspirational guest after the presidential election.

Ms. Moseley Braun reminded us that “every day is a gift,” and she encouraged us to not give up the fight. Our founder and CEO, Julie A. Burkhart, also delivered an inspiring presentation and cautioned supporters that this was not the time to retreat.

We hope you enjoyed the gala. If you have any suggestions about future events or would like to volunteer to help make next year’s gala a success, please reach out to Rebecca Tong, our director of development, at

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Political trailblazer Carol Moseley Braun was the keynote speaker at our Fifth Annual Gala on Nov. 17, 2016.
Carol Moseley Braun table
Guests enjoy the company of our guest Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and until recently, the only to do so.
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Guests of our Fifth Annual Gala enjoyed an inspirational message from Carol Moseley Braun, who has served as Ambassador to New Zealand.
Rob Simon
Rob Simon, an “edutainer” and longtime friend of our founder and CEO, served as master of ceremonies.
Julie Burkhart
Speaking less than two weeks after the 2016 presidential election, Trust Women founder and CEO Julie A. Burkhart reminded supporters that this was not the time to back down.
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Founder and CEO Julie A. Burkhart recognized staff from Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center clinics in Oklahoma City and Wichita, thanking them for their dedication to women and reproductive rights.
Trust Women is grateful to all the volunteers who helped at our Fifth Annual Gala, including those who helped check in guests.
Paddle Raise
A “paddle raise” was a new feature of the gala. Instead of bidding on items, supporters bid on contributions. No one had to lose!
Gala Entryway
Rebecca Tong, Trust Women’s development director, orchestrated a beautiful event at Abode Venue.
Lamphouse Photo Co. once again provided photo booth services and props, a fun feature of our annual event.
Each table featured a framed handwritten comment from a patient to help remind people of Trust Women’s mission.
Tables set the scene for the upcoming holidays.
Each table featured a framed comment from a patient.
TW buttons at gala
It’s not a Trust Women event without a Trust Women button!
Gala Desserts
Saving the best for last: dessert! Thanks to Truffles for the delicious food.




Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Moseley Braun is the only African-American woman to have served in the U.S. Senate. She also has served her country as Ambassador to New Zealand, U.S. Senator from Illinois, Cook County Executive Officer, Illinois State Representative and U.S. Attorney. She has advocated for equal pay, food safety and support for family farms. She sponsored historic preservation of the Underground Railroad and the first federal support of Lupus research. Her record reflects a commitment to social justice and fiscal prudence. Ambassador Moseley Braun serves on the board of MWH Engineering, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, the Bretton Woods Foundation and the US/UNA Committee. Ms. Moseley Braun is the founder and president of Good Food Organics®. Her work has earned her more than 200 awards and 11 honorary degrees for contributions in the public interest.