A foundation based here in East Tennessee has a goal to transform the lives of low-income women and girls.
Thursday was a first step in that direction. Hundreds of supporters of the Women's Fund of East Tennessee gathered as grants were awarded to two local agencies that support women dealing with life struggles. Each grant totaled $75,000.
The crowd also heard from Ali Wentworth, a well-known comedian, actress and author who's married to national media personality George Stephanopoulus.
"I love the power of women together. When a woman is given an opportunity, she shines," said Wentworth.
The Women's Fund has raised nearly $2 million over the last two years with the goal of raising $10 million within 10 years.