Last week we hosted the 4th annual SHOUT! Art by Women Veterans, which featured a variety of works by 17 women veterans and ranged from stand up comedy and music to photography and sculpture. Nearly 175 guests joined us for the evening to celebrate women veterans and raise awareness.
The success of the evening was the result of a great team of staff and volunteers who helped pull it all together. A special thanks to Starlyn Lara, Mary Moran and Julie Mielich for going above and beyond in organizing SHOUT and to all of Swords staff in IVP, Communications, Employment, HHS, Housing, Legal, IT, Admin, RD etc. who chipped in on the big day to pull off a great evening – including assembling the Chevron and breaking it down in record time. Also a huge thank you to our volunteers, Tad Foster, Josh Aguilar, Dane Joyce and others!!!
We are also grateful to our generous in-kind donors and sponsors who helped us underwrite the cost of this year’s event: Deli Board, Tempest Bar, The Mix Neighborhood Bar, Don Jose’s, Lagunitas, Barefoot Bubbly and Black Star Beer.In addition, we were able to raise just shy of $2,000 for the Women Veterans Project through our online campaign on Fundly. We will keep the campaign going and hope that you all take just a few minutes of your time to participate. If we can raise $2,000 with only 8 participants who have reached out to friends, family and colleagues, imagine what we could raise if 50 people got on board.
Amy Fairweather leads our Swords to Plowshares Institute of Veteran Policy staff to conduct legal and public policy research regarding veterans’ access to health care, housing, legal and social services. Amy leads the Swords to Plowshares Institute of Veteran Policy and also serves as the Program Director of the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
Amy Fairweather received her undergraduate degree from Mills College and her Juris Doctor from the Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of State Bar of California.