2020 Woman of Influence
Honoring Julie Henning

Julie Henning Woman of Influence 2020

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 Pearl S. Buck International will host the annual Woman of Influence Award dinner at the Estate Pavilion on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark, in Hilltown, Pennsylvania. A VIP reception will take place from 5-6 PM. The dinner and award presentation will take place from 6-8 PM.

Each year the Woman of Influence Award honors our founder, Pearl S. Buck, by recognizing women who continue in her footsteps. Pearl Buck holds an especially close place in the heart of the 2020 Woman of Influence award winner, Julie Henning, who was raised as Ms. Buck’s daughter. Ms. Henning is an Amerasian born in South Korea during the Korean War. At age 13, she was brought to America by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck and raised as her daughter. Today, she has a family of her own—a loving husband, two married sons with wonderful wives, and five energetic grandsons. Ms. Henning is a retired educator who loves to share her story of hope and grace with churches and civic organizations. She continues to advocate for Amerasians through newspaper articles, radio interviews, national television, and U.S. Congressional hearings. Ms. Henning was honored to present the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year (now Woman of Influence) Award to Korean First Lady Madame Lee He Ho in 2001. Her memoir, A Rose in a Ditch, was published in 2019.

Woman of Influence, an elegant charitable event, will attract more than 200 community and business leaders who will celebrate Ms. Henning. Click here for the full list of honorees from 1979-2019.

We hope that you will join us on this special evening to honor Ms. Henning. Please note that the VIP Reception requires a separate ticket. Raffle chances for a week’s stay at a private residence in Cape May, NJ, a private tour of the Pearl S. Buck House for 10 with Julie Henning, and a catered dinner for 8 cooked in your own home are available to purchase online at the time of registration.

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Thanks to our generous sponsors who help to make this event possible. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the work of Pearl S. Buck International in bridging cultures and changing lives. For sponsorship opportunities contact Tony Luna, Vice President of Relationship Development, at tluna@pearlsbuck.org or 215-249-0100 x 130.