Please join us for Pisgah Legal’s 6th Annual Poverty Forum

Ending Child Poverty Now
with special keynote speaker
Marian Wright Edelman
President and Founder, Children’s Defense Fund

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center

Reception + Forum: $50  (Sold Out)  |     Forum only: $15

Click here to purchase tickets.

Reception Catered by Chestnut/Corner Kitchen Catering

Contact Betsy Ellis at (828) 210-3444 for more information.

Each year, Pisgah Legal Services hosts a forum to draw attention to the plight of people living in poverty in Western North Carolina. This year, our focus is on child poverty.

The United States has the second highest rate of child poverty among 35 industrialized counties, despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor. In Pisgah Legal’s six-county WNC service region, approximately 25 percent of children live in poverty.

On October 5th, we host the Forum’s keynote speaker Marian Wright Edelman, a legendary fighter for social justice in America. She is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, a passionate advocate for the rights of children, a lawyer, an author and a civil rights leader.

Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi.

At the Forum she will share the results of a new study titled, “Ending Child Poverty Now.” It states that by making modest investments into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

Edelman has received more than 100 honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The October event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm, and the forum follows at 7:00 pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.  Tickets are $50/person for the reception and forum, $15/person for the forum only.


Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Partners For Justice
The following generously provide $5,000 or more each year in financial
or in-kind support to Pisgah Legal Services.

Anonymous Donor

blue ridge x rayBlossomsBaggieGoose2014Shelley and Kirk Brown


hiwire-logoEleanor and Charlie Owen

RHA Health Services IncJacquelyn and Bruce Rogow

Tom and Pam Siekman

Senator Terry Van DuynVan Winkle 2011Walnut Cove Members Association


Carol Waggle Oliver Fund

Chaddick Foundation

Jay Kerr Law 2011Tom and Lyn Leslie

Sue and Raymond McClinton

Mission Health


Pisgah Brewing

Roberts & Stevens LogoSmoky MountainStoneandChristyJane and Bill Swafford

Pam and Jim Turner

Wimpfheimer Foundation

Event Sponsors

Asheville Symphony
Diane and Jim Abbott
The Biltmore Company
Broker & Hamrick, P.A.
Cassie Dillon
Cindy and Tom Donahue
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Dr. Bruce Elliston
Calvin Tomkins and Rebecca Bernstein
Corner Kitchen Catering
Curry First and Patricia Robertson
Anna and Kerry Friedman
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
HomeTrust Bank
Judy Futch Consulting, Inc.
Leslie Sladky-Hillman and Ed Hillman
Kennon and Bill Jamieson
Bob and Julie Johnson
Lee Anne and Peter Mangone
Sarah V. Corley / MediationWorks
Jesse Kitt Photography
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Kitty Schaller
Abby and Austin Walker
The Trolley Company
The Windsor Boutique Hotel
WNC Magazine
WNC Woman Magazine
Ann and Michael Young