An Evening with Annie F. Downs and Linda Znachko [Women's Event Recap]
Last week, 200 Indianapolis women gathered to hear about the inspiring work that women are doing right here in our community. Special thanks to Tilly's Tea Room for hosting, and to all of our sponsors: Vera Bradley, Mister Quik, Amanda's Exchange, First Harvest Boutique, Stripped Free, Ping's Tree Service, Radiate 60 Hair Collective, KSM Consulting, Kirsh & Kirsh Adoptions, The National Bank of Indianapolis, and Ronald Blue Trust.
Stripped Free is a faith-based ministry led by Kim Tabor, who shared more about their work at the event. Stripped Free reaches out into the strip clubs of Indianapolis and beyond with a simple message: That the women who work in the adult entertainment industry are loved, that they matter and that they are worth it. Volunteer-driven, Stripped Free shares the hope of Christ with women right where they are. They also work to equip and assist women if they are seeking a new life of freedom outside the walls of strip clubs. Learn more about Stripped Free and how to get involved here.
He Knows Your Name
Linda Znachko founded He Knows Your Name in October 2009 after hearing a story on the news about a newborn baby who was abandoned and found in a dumpster in downtown Indianapolis. Linda's mission is to ensure that every child receives a name in life and dignity and honor in death – which includes adoption and a proper burial. Linda is also the author of the nationally recognized and award winning book, He Knows Your Name: How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say YES to God.
To wrap up the evening, we heard from Annie Downs, the bestselling author of Looking for Lovely and 100 Days to Brave. She challenged the room to determine what "brave" things – starting a business, writing a book, starting a family – were on the horizon for each woman, and encouraged them to step toward those goals.
"It's not that brave people don't hear the voice of fear. They just don't listen to it." –Annie F. Downs
Thanks to everyone who joined us for such an inspirational evening! We're already looking forward to our next event. Check out the full photo gallery below!
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