Philanthropic event raised $147,000 for global programs

Seattle, WA—Medical Teams International’s female-led Healthy Women, Healthy World hosted their third annual fundraiser luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. The event is intended to inspire local Washingtonian philanthropists to act on global health issues impacting women and children. With a room filled with 250 attendees, the event raised $147,000 for Medical Teams’ global programs benefiting mothers and children.

Healthy Women, Healthy World is comprised of an all-female group of local philanthropists passionate about educating their community around global issues affecting women and children. Currently based in Portland and Seattle, the group has the potential to expand and engage like-minded female philanthropists in communities domestically and abroad.

“We cannot ignore the harsh realities that affect the women and children of our world today. Not when these conditions and diseases are treatable. Not when they are curable,” said Medical Teams’ President and CEO Martha Holley Newsome.

Emceed by local KIRO7 anchor Monique Ming Laven, the speaker lineup included Martha Holley Newsome, Sarah Thebarge, keynote speaker and author of The Invisible Girls and WELL, and Lisa Cohen, senior adviser at Uncommon Partners, who delivered a special appeal ask to the audience.

Healthy Women, Healthy World recognized nurse and humanitarian Janey Pinneo with the Outstanding Humanitarian Woman of the Year award to acknowledge her global life-saving efforts as well as inspire fellow audience members to action. Pinneo received a standing ovation when she spoke about the tremendous impact Medical Teams had on her life.

Monique Ming Laven concluded the event with an invitation to join the Healthy Women, Healthy World volunteer team and attend upcoming quarterly events centered on global health topics. Attendees remained after for a book signing with author Sarah Thebarge.

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Lauren Odderstol
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Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person—physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Because every person—no matter where they are or how desperate their situation—matters. Find Medical Teams International online at and on social media using @medicalteams.