Women's Luncheon

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An annual fundraiser celebrating women, art, and education. Proceeds benefit the museum’s dynamic roster of exhibitions and programming- presenting our community with art that has garnered national and international acclaim.

Keynote Speaker

Ann Compton

Ann Compton
Former White House Correspondent

Ann Compton began her broadcasting career in Virginia, where an internship at Hollins University led to a fulltime job reporting for WDBJ.  

Compton joined ABC News in 
1973. Only weeks after the Watergate scandal came to an end in 1974, Compton became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization, and she was one of the youngest to receive the assignment. In addressing her retirement from ABC News after 41 years President Obama paid tribute to Compton saying: “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also a pleasure to get to know.”

 Award Recipients

Ann Fralin Award: Given annually at the Women’s Luncheon to a woman who has made extraordinary contributions in the arts and arts education. This year’s honoree is Nancy O. Gray, President at Hollins University.

Art Venture Award: Presented annually this award recognizes outstanding leaders in our community who support the arts, arts education, and volunteerism in partnership with the museum. This year’s honoree is Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Roanoke.