The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which helps victims of domestic violence in Westport, Weston and other communities, has scheduled its annual Voices of Courage fundraising lunch Wednesday at the Stamford Marriott Hotel.

The luncheon is the center's the major fundraising event and annually attracts 500 to 600 attendees.

Best-selling author and former New York Times editorial page editor Gail Collins, who has written extensively on the history of women in America, will be the keynote speaker.

Money raised at the event will help the center continue to offers free, confidential services, which include court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children's services, medical advocacy, multilingual services, community education and a 24-hour hotline.

Collins, who remains a Times columnist, has written several books, including two on the history of women in America. In 2001 she became the first woman to be appointed editor of the Times' editorial page, a position she held until early 2007, when she took a leave of absence to finish her latest book, "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present."

In fiscal year 2009-2010, the center provided shelter and counseling services to 3,678 victims of domestic violence.

Individual tickets to the luncheon cost $100, and there are opportunities for sponsorship at various levels. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 203-588-9100 or email