Noblesville-based Women of Vision goes virtual 


Riverview Health Foundation’s Women of Vision event is undergoing another change.

After the event was postponed from April 29 to Aug. 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will now be on the same day but held virtually and set during the lunch hour instead of later in the day.


“For Riverview Health as a health care organization, we want to be modeling appropriate behavior, so we decided not to sponsor events where people can’t social distance or if they are eating and drinking, they certainly aren’t wearing a mask,” Riverview Health Foundation Executive Director Megan Wiles said. “So, we didn’t think it was appropriate for the foundation to be hosting an event where people will be doing that.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Women of Vision Giving Club, which provides grants for departments at Riverview Health that helps women and children.

Polio survivor Minda Dentler, the keynote speaker, will join live from Arizona. Dentler was the first female wheelchair competitor to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Wiles said lunch made more sense given the format.

“We heard many comments from people that by the end of the day, they are Zoomed out,” Wiles said.

With lunch, people can grab something to eat and watch at their computers at home or work. The Aug. 27 hour-long event begins at noon. Guests who have already registered will receive a link and a $15 gift card for a local restaurant for lunch.

For corporate tables already purchased, Wiles said the foundation is putting together party packs, which will be delivered several days before the event.

For those who haven’t purchased tickets, the cost is $25 or $50, the price of which includes a lunch gift card.

Wiles said 158 seats were already sold through individual tickets and tables. Indianapolis Marriott North, where the event was to be held, had to limit seating to 200.

“That was going to be a challenge because we normally have 300 in attendance, so we were moving along but we hadn’t been advertising it as much,” Wiles said. “Now that we switched to a virtual event, we can accommodate lots of people.”

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