Women's Power Lunch

United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  

The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Center as previously announced.  A VIP Reception will start at 10:00 a.m. where guests will be able to meet speaker Erin Gruwell and have a photo taken with her.  The luncheon will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and the program will conclude at 1:00 p.m. with the Power of the Purse raffle drawing.

Proceeds from the event fund the scholarships and certification grants awarded each year to single parents in Siouxland who qualify for this assistance.  Applications for the Single Parent Scholarship are being accepted through June 10.  Scholarships and certification grants will be awarded prior to the start of the 2020 fall semester.  Contact Women Aware at 712-258-4174 for more information regarding scholarships.

For refund information contact Aaron Beutler at abeutler@unitedwaysiouxland.com or Joan Shuck at jshuck@unitedwaysiouxland.com.  Refunds will be processed up to 30 days prior to the event. 

United Way of Siouxland's 20th Annual Women's Power Lunch
Featuring: Erin Gruwell 

Date:  September 16, 2020
Time:  Doors open at 11:00 am / Lunch served promtly at 11:30 am  VIP Reception 10:00 am
Location:  Marriott Center (Formerly the Delta Hotels Center) 385 E 4th St South Sioux City, NE
Tickets:  https://wpl2020.eventbrite.com 
  • $1,300 Gold Table (One table for ten people.  Including:  VIP reception, luncheon, premium seating, and Gold sponsor recognition in media materials and program.)
  • $550 Silver Table (One table for ten people.  Including:  Luncheon, best seating available, and Silver sponsor recognition in media materials and program.)
  • $130 Gold Individual Ticket (Single ticket for VIP Reception and luncheon with choice seating.)
  • $55 Silver Individual Ticket (Single ticket for luncheon only.)
    *Eventbrite fees will apply to all tickets*
​Power of the Purse Raffle Tickets are available from committee members, by calling Untied Way of Siouxland at 712-255-3551 or during Women's Powre Lunch 2020.


Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation.

By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary, which is the basis for the 2007 movie Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank. Erin has appeared on Primetime Live, The View, and Good Morning America. She is also the subject of the 2019 PBS documentary, Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart.

Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. She created the Freedom Writers Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.

Proceeds from this event go to sponsor single parent scholarships in Siouxland.