A key figure of the feminist movement will be the main speaker at a fundraising luncheon Oct. 18 to benefit Project Return, the Westport nonprofit that provides shelter and support to adolescent girls and young women in crisis.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, the founding editor of Ms. Magazine and a social-justice advocate, will headline the "Gather 'Round the Table Luncheon" at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, Project Return said.

The event is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $65.

Pogrebin, along with her friend and fellow journalist Gloria Steinem, founded Ms. Magazine in 1971, and it quickly became a key voice for the feminist movement.

It was among the nation's first magazines to take a stance favoring abortion rights and shine light on the physical abuse of women.

Porgrebin also is a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ms. Foundation for Women.

She will be joined at the luncheon by her twin daughters -- Robin Pogrebin, a reporter on the culture desk of the New York Times, and Abigail Pogrebin, a former "60 Minutes" producer.

Abigail Pogrebin also is the author of "One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular."

The luncheon's theme is "Centering Power of Home" and will showcase tablescapes created by interior designers and home stores that will be donated in a blind drawing at the end of the luncheon.

Now in its 26th year, Project Return operates a group home for abused and neglected females 14 to 21 and provides services intended to develop life skills, self esteem and confidence. It also offers continuing support services after they leave the home.

The luncheon is a new fundraiser to supplement money raised by Project Return's main source of revenue, its annual birdhouse auction.

For tickets or more information, visit www.projectreturnct.org or call 203-222-8129.