BEN-FM’s Annual Woman of the Week Luncheon

September 21, 2015


BEN-FM and Marilyn Russell hosted their annual Woman of the Week Luncheon on April 13 at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill, PA, to another packed house of 500 CEOs, movers and shakers in business, arts and culture—the indispensable women from the area’s nonprofits and superstars of the blogosphere.

The schedule of events was changed this year to include a panel of speakers along with the standard guest speakers. Because of its partnership with NBC10, BEN-FM was able to include Emmy-winning TV journalist and personality Meredith Vieira on the panel, along with Anne Ewers, President and CEO of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania; and Meryl Levitz, President and CEO of Visit Philadelphia.

Guest speakers included NBC10 Anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah; Dr. Nicole Longo, an internal medicine physician at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center; Maria Trafton, Regional Managing Director of Wells Fargo; and Dr. Beatriz Garces, founder of the Garces Foundation.

The guests combined to raise $3,000, with all of the money from this year’s raffle prizes going directly to the Garces Foundation. The Garces Foundation is committed to ensuring that Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community has access to medical, educational and nutritional services.

With another successful Woman of the Week Luncheonin the books, the BEN-FM team has already begun plans to make next year’s luncheon even better.