Joy to Life founder to give keynote at Women’s Philanthropy Board 2013 Winter Career Panel and Luncheon

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Joy Aronov Blondheim, founder of the Joy to Life Foundation, will provide the keynote address at the Women’s Philanthropy Board 2013 Winter Career Panel and Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Joy to Life, a nonprofit foundation based in Montgomery, Ala., seeks to build awareness and provide free mammograms and other breast screenings to medically underserved women in Alabama.

“Joy, and her husband, Dickie, have taken what was a family heartbreak and turned it into something that has had a positive effect on numerous Alabamians,” said Sidney James Nahkjavan, Drummond Thorne Stukes Executive Director for the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and Women’s Philanthropy Board. “Their dedication to service, philanthropic goals and the impact they make are very inspirational.”

The foundation partners with local businesses, individuals, city and state governments and other nonprofits to raise awareness and funding for the foundation’s programs. Since its inception in 2001, Joy to Life has provided funding for more than 10,000 mammograms to medically underserved women.

Blondheim’s presentation, “Finding the Joy in Breast Cancer,” will cap off the day’s events which include a morning career panel session highlighting three business and nonprofit leaders: Paul W. Kennedy, president, Walker Area Community Foundation; Tasia Malakasis “The Goat Cheese Guru,” owner and president, Belle Chevre; and Julie C. Smith, vice president of external affairs, southeast region, Verizon Communications. Each panelist will provide insight into their occupations and organizations and serve as mentors for students and other attendees.

The Women’s Philanthropy Board, the flagship division of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, was established in 2002. The organization has been the inspiration for the development of a minor in philanthropy and nonprofit studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University; Camp iCare, a summer camp for kids, ages 6-12; and Real Cents, Real Change, a learning series and summer residential camp for teens, ages 13-18.

Tickets for the WPB Winter Career Panel and Luncheon are required and can be purchased by calling the WPB office at (334) 844-9156 or by visiting Individual tickets are $50 and reserved tables of 10 are available in the following price structure: Gold Table, $600; Platinum Table, $800; and Diamond Table, $1,000.

Women’s Philanthropy Board corporate partners and grantors provide funds to assist in underwriting WPB’s educational events. These partners include: Alabama Power, Auburn University Outreach, BB&T, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, Charlotte Gaston Interiors, Dubberly, Dean & Associates – UBS, The Flower Store, Gallery One Fine Art, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Kiplinger, Mary Wynne Estess – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Speaker Mike Hubbard, Alabama House of Representatives, Verizon and Warren Averett Wilson Price LLC.

(Contributed by Sidney James Nakhjavan.)

Contact: Sidney James Nahkjavan, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-9199 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (