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Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed to speak in Naples April 24, benefiting Wellfit Girls

Event proceeds to support Wellfit Girls empowerment programs

Wellfit Girls, a Southwest Florida nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering teen girls, will host best-selling author Cheryl Strayed at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 for an exclusive speaking and book signing event at Venue Naples, located at 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 205, in Naples. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Wellfit Girls’ five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment programs dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering teen girls to climb high in all areas of life.

During this inspiring event, Strayed will share harrowing and hilarious stories of her trek on The Pacific Crest Trail and her personal journey of healing and acceptance. The event will also include a silent auction and a book signing where guests can purchase a number of Strayed’s best-sellers, including Wild, Brave Enough and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. The event will be the first large event held at the new Venue Naples, Chef Brian Roland’s latest customizable, multi-use event destination and art gallery.

General admission tickets are $50, with ticket sales ending April 23. VIP tickets for ages 16 and up are $150 and include a VIP cocktail reception catered by CRAVE Culinaire and a meet and greet with Strayed from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. VIP ticket sales end April 20. Registration is available online at www.CherylStrayedNaples.eventbrite.com.

The event is sponsored by Chico’s FAS, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Florida Weekly, Priority Marketing and Venue Naples. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, including the Climbing High sponsor level at $5,000, Wild sponsor level at $2,500 and For the Girls sponsor level at $1,000. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Wellfit Girls Program Coordinator Rio DeArmond at rio@wellfitgirls.org.

Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Strayed and Laura Dern as Strayed’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information on this Speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.

To learn more about Wellfit Girls and the upcoming event, visit www.WellfitGirls.org.


About Wellfit Girls

Wellfit Girls is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Southwest Florida. The mission of Wellfit Girls is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs. Wellfit Girls was founded by Jill Wheeler to inspire teen girls to climb high in all areas of life, and provides a unique and meaningful five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment program specifically designed to empower teen girls to believe they can do anything. The program concludes with a life-changing trip to Peru and trek to Machu Picchu. The Wellfit Girls curriculum guides girls through a combination of physical, mental and interpersonal challenges designed to prepare them for the final trip to Peru, as well as the rest of their lives, with a goal to inspire and empower each girl while nurturing and developing each girl’s individual leadership style. To learn more, call 239-529-0366 or visit www.WellfitGirls.org.

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