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Tiffany Dufu Inspires Record Crowd at United Way Fundraiser

Annual Women's Networking Event Reaches $1 Million Raised Milestone


Pictured from left: United Way Women United Co-Chair Carolyn Kennedy; event host Allison Williams; Tiffany Dufu, author of “Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less”; United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO Kiran Handa Gaudioso; Women in Philanthropy Award recipient Lisa Hamilton, CEO of Annie E. Casey Foundation; and United Way of Northern New Jersey Senior Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Donor Engagement Michele Dreiblatt. Photo credit: Karen Fucito/United Way of Northern New Jersey.
Pictured from left: United Way Women United Co-Chair Carolyn Kennedy; event host Allison Williams; Tiffany Dufu, author of “Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less”; United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO Kiran Handa Gaudioso; Women in Philanthropy Award recipient Lisa Hamilton, CEO of Annie E. Casey Foundation; and United Way of Northern New Jersey Senior Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Donor Engagement Michele Dreiblatt. Photo credit: Karen Fucito/United Way of Northern New Jersey.

Tiffany Dufu, CEO and founder of The Cru, author of “Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less” and champion of women and girls, inspired a record-breaking audience of over 400 at the United Way Women United annual “Rise and Shine” fundraiser on Friday, March 24 at the Bridgewater Marriott.


The annual women’s networking event, which raised $255,000, was focused on improving life for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and households in poverty. Despite working hard, ALICE essential workers struggle to afford the basics. Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised over $1 million.


Lisa Hamilton, CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, received the Women in Philanthropy Award for her dedication to ALICE children and families. Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Hamilton has overseen investments to promote community change, create economic opportunities for families and support public system reform.


The breakfast was made possible in part by Diamond Sponsor Ethicon, Platinum Sponsors HLW and Lilly, and VIP Reception Sponsor Deloitte.


For more information about Women United, visit uwnnj.org/WomenUnited or email Michele.Dreiblatt@UnitedWayNNJ.org.


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