Final day to buy tickets for equity gala benefiting black women, girls

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Final day to buy tickets for equity gala benefiting black women, girls
Taylor Sims, director of Equity for Black Women and Girls, and Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc, member of the RCF Connect Board.

Today is the final day to purchase tickets for and to sponsor a gala in Concord that will support a Richmond-based effort to achieve equity for Black women and girls in Contra Costa County.

Richmond police Chief Bisa French and Tanise Smith of the Equity for Black Women and Girls Task Force will serve as co-hosts for the event, which will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton in Concord. Entrepreneur Jennifer Hammock will provide the keynote speech.

One hundred percent of contributions to the gala will support the program’s efforts.

The final day to purchase tickets and to sponsor the event is Feb. 23. Click here to do either or both.

RCF Connects is a long-running charitable foundation that works to uplift marginalized, impoverished and disenfranchised members of the Richmond community. The organization accomplishes this through a number of programs including Housing First, the Electric Car program and through financial education via SparkPoint Contra Costa.

RCF Connect’s Board of Directors launched the Equity for Black Women and Girls in 2020 after a study showed that less than 1 percent of community dollars in the county go to support black women and girls. 

As part of the Equity for Black Women and Girls, RCF Connects holds Sister Circle countywide that provide a safe space for women and girls to connect, have discussions and to learn to become trained facilitators, Sims said.

The program also operates Sistas SOAR (Success Opportunities Apprenticeship Resilience), an intensive, 24-week incubator program for black women entrepreneurs in collaboration with Chase Minority Business and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, according to Sims. 

All program efforts aim to ensure a greater share of community dollars are used to fund and train black women entrepreneurs and leaders to build generational wealth and financial freedom. For more information, visit RCF Connects’ website here: https://rcfconnects.org.