Barbara Boggs Sigmund, Mayor of Princeton Borough and the first woman Freeholder in Mercer County, New Jersey was the driving force in founding Womanspace in 1977. She came from a distinguished political family -- the daughter of the late Congressman Hale Boggs, and Congresswoman and Ambassador Lindy Boggs, and the sister of journalist Cokie Roberts, who was our first honoree, and a consistent supporter of our mission and wise adviser to our agency.
Lee Woodruff’s public efforts and her writing, both non-fiction and fiction, are an inspiration to many others who face tragedy in their own lives whether from the violence of war or of domestic violence. Lee Woodruff’s contributions, like those of Barbara Sigmund are focused on bringing hope and the capacity for change to countless individuals in our society.
A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in such high-profile magazines as Health, Redbook, Country Living, Parade and Family Fun. Together with her husband Bob Woodruff, the ABC correspondent seriously injured in Iraq, she recounted their journey to recovery in the book, In An Instant, and later established the Bob Woodruff Foundation, ReMIND.org, which helps wounded veterans and their families heal from the psychological and physical wounds of war. In addition to freelance writing, Woodruff ran her own public relations and marketing consulting business for 16 years. Before that, she was senior vice president of public relations firm Porter Novelli. Lee Woodruff now works at CBS’s This Morning with hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell, after being a contributing editor at ABC’s Good Morning America. Her second book was a collection of essays, Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress. Those We Love Most is her first novel.
The annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award reception and fundraiser helps to provide the much needed funds to support these programs. There are a number of opportunities to purchase journal advertisements, tables and other sponsorships. In addition, there is a chance to win a luxurious grand prize all-inclusive winner’s choice trip for two to Cancun or Punta Cana; raffle tickets cost $50 each and the winner need not be present.
Womanspace provides programs for families struggling with domestic violence and sexual assault. Over 10,900 adults and children were served last year. Programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, housing services, and a 24-hour hotline: (609) 394-9000.
For more information or to support the event, please contact Susan D. Klejst, Director of Development at (609) 394-0136 ext. 205 or via email at email@example.com. For more information about Womanspace and the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award, please visit our website, www.womanspace.org.