Molly Shannon Announced as Guest Speaker at AWF’s Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) announces Molly Shannon as this year’s guest speaker for its Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2024

WHERE: Thomas Murphy Ballroom, Georgia World Congress Center,  285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA

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The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) is delighted to announce Molly Shannon as this year’s guest speaker for its Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon on Wednesday, October 30, 2024, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Actress Molly Shannon is primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley, during her six seasons on Saturday Night Live, where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, and Jimmy Fallon, among many others.

Shannon recently inked a first-look development deal with HBO Max and has been tapped for a season-long arc on the fourth season of Hulu’s hit mystery comedy Only Murders in the Building. Most recently, Shannon appeared in the award-winning first season of HBO’s critically acclaimed The White Lotus; the independent drama A Good Person opposite Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman; and Promising Young Woman, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. 

In 2000, she received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.” In 2017, she was awarded the Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama Other People. 

Shannon’s 2022 New York Times best-selling memoir Hello Molly! reveals her resiliency after a family tragedy that forever changed her. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Ms. Shannon as this year’s featured speaker,” says Kari B. Love, Chief Executive Officer of AWF, “We hope you’ll Join us for an afternoon of empowerment, laughter, and inspiration as Molly shares more on embracing hope and joy in life, even in the face of tragedy. This spirit embodies the work of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. The women and girls benefitting from our grants flourish despite their traumas once they receive support through our grantees’ life-changing programs.” 

Numbers Too Big To Ignore is AWF’s largest annual fundraising luncheon, drawing over 1,800 guests to support programs for women and girls. Guests share a common goal of uplifting women and girls by creating an unwavering support network to grow stronger and thrive.

AWF has held this important event for many years, hosting such past honored speakers as Jane Fonda & Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Dr. Jill Biden & Laura W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and last year’s speaker Brooke Shields.