photo by Sarah E Studios

A St. Louis fundraiser next month will benefit an organization that encourages meaningful conversation between mothers and daughters through four-week workshops that discuss everything from self-esteem and healthy friendships to positive body-image and online safety.

The fundraising event for Girls in the Know takes place Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vue 17 on Brentwood Boulevard across from the Galleria.

Debra Hollingsworth   photo by Justin Barr

Titled “Knowledge and Power, small bites and big ideas,” it will feature longtime community advocate and volunteer Debra Hollingsworth, who retired in 2014 after a 35-year career at AT&T, where she most recently served as regional vice-president of external affairs.

photo by Sarah E Studios

Hollingsworth’s presentation on “The Ripple Effect” will show how a single raindrop can become the force of a tidal wave of change. “The ripple effect describes the impact we have in our circle of influence. Everything we do has an impact on others,” explained Hollingsworth. “This means, every word we speak, each action we take and our mere presence impacts others, even people we do not know. We are constantly being observed and hopefully our interactions will positively impact others on their life journey.”

The emcee for the evening is Keith Brooks, youth baseball commissioner & director of Cardinals Care, St. Louis Cardinals.

Proceeds from the event will support fully funded workshops to underserved pre-teen girls who would not otherwise have access to GITK four-session empowerment programming.

For tickets or more information on the one-hour, four-session workshops, held at several locations throughout the St. Louis area, visit