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Hollis Wong-Wear, Valerie Jarrett to headline YWCA's annual [virtual] Inspire Luncheon

Like basically everything else this year, the YWCA Annual Inspire Luncheon is happening virtually — but, hey, it's happening — with Valerie Jarrett, an author and former White House advisor, as the keynote speaker.

This will be the YWCA's first fully-digital luncheon, taking place Thursday, Sept. 10. The focus will be Women Rising Boldly, celebrating those who have used their voices to impact their communities and uplift others. Hollis Wong-Wear, a musician and community advocate, will co-host the event with Elisa Jaffe of KOMO News Radio.

Each year the luncheon brings together more than 2,500 people. In 2019, the luncheon raised more than $1 million, funding programs providing resources for sexual assault, domestic violence survivors and affordable housing, among others.

The YWCA Annual Inspire Luncheon starts with social time from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the show from noon to 12:45 p.m. and a VIP Q&A room from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Tickets range from $10-150, and people can register online or by calling 206-461-4440; an event link will be sent after registration.

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