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Women business leaders gather for annual 'lunch-and-learn' fundraiser

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About 500 women signed up for the 2017 "Women Who Rule" event at the Westin Savannah. (Photo: Ian Dembling)

Women volunteers for the United Way of Coastal Georgia gathered together on Wednesday on Hutchinson Island for their annual fundraiser, "Women Who Rule."

The special event is a lunch-and-learn where guests can enjoy a lunch while hearing from female executives in the area.

This year's panelists included Heather Burge, founder of BleuBelle, Cheryl Dozier, president of Savannah State University, Jenny Gentry, market president of Ameris Bank, and Tammie Mosley, clerk of Superior Court for Eastern Georgia.

The event raises money for poverty-stricken women in the Coastal Empire. The women receive access to transportation, allowing them to travel to and from work, doctor's appointments, and/or school for them or for their kids.

Some of the recipients of these opportunities shared their experiences after receiving the money.

"It couldn't have come at a better time for me and my grandkids, because one of my grandkids stays with me and I make sure he gets to school on time," said Princezell Datts.

Cathy Hill is the Regional Vice President of Georgia Power. She says it's never too early or late to start becoming a leader.

"It starts simply by raising your hand to get involved," she said. "Whether it's your time, your talent or your resources, make a difference in the lives of other members of our community."

For more information about the United Way of Coastal Georgia click here.