P.E.A.C.H. FOUNDER HONORED FOR FIGHTING INEQUALITY
Local Woman Honored in Statewide “Women of Courage” Gala
Spokane’s own Brightspirit Hendrix was chosen as one of fourteen women to be honored by the University of Washington’s Women’s Center in their “Women of Courage: Inspiring a New World” Gala 2011. This year’s Gala on October 22nd is centered on women in Washington State who have an impact in the communities they serve and whose hard work set the foundations for a new society based on social justice, and equality. These exceptional women include activists, entrepreneurs, professors, and Washington State’s governor, Chris Gregoire. All have worked towards closing gaps in unfairness and inequity while empowering those underserved.
Brightspirit was nominated by Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stevens and is the only woman to be honored from eastern Washington. Seeing the effects of poor nutrition in low-income families, Brightspirit founded p.e.a.c.h. to increase access and affordability of locally produced organic produce. P.e.a.c.h. now runs a community farm that brings most of its produce to local low-income families. Brightspirit also started the organic grocery store Fresh Abundance to give all of its profits to p.e.a.c.h.