‘Wild’ author to speak at fundraiser

"Wild’ author Cheryl Strayed. – Photo: Joni Kabana

Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Wild,” will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Power of the Purse luncheon on March 17. The event, hosted by Scotiabank, benefits the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

When she was 26, Ms. Strayed embarked alone on an 1,100-mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border. The journey was a way for the author to confront the emotional pain of two life-shattering events: her mother’s death from lung cancer and the end of her first marriage.

Ms. Strayed describes that empowering trip in “Wild,” which was made into an Oscar-nominated movie in 2014 by producer and actress Reese Witherspoon, who had the lead role. The movie received more than 63 nominations for various film awards, including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Ms. Witherspoon for best actress.

Ms. Strayed is the author of three other books and co-hosts with Steve Almond the advice podcast “Dear Sugar Radio.”

The luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman takes place in March in honor of International Women’s Month, to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion, to provide a networking opportunity, and to bring inspirational women speakers to the Cayman Islands.

Those who attend the event will enjoy complimentary wine, canapés, lunch and a special dessert buffet, and will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction featuring new and gently used designer handbags.

At last year’s luncheon, more than 450 people were in the audience to hear keynote speaker Erin Brockovich. The event raised more than US$28,000 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Donations sought
Organizers are seeking donations of handbags for the auction. Donations can be dropped off at Scotiabank, 6 Cardinall Ave., 4th floor, or Fountainhead, Bayshore Mall, 2nd floor, any time before March 15.

Individuals interested in buying tickets or sponsoring the event should contact Sarah Tatum at [email protected] or call 945-8188.