Evanston, IL, Sept 7, 2017 — YWCA Evanston/North Shore is marking the tenth anniversary of its annual YWomen Leadership Awards with an expanded celebration on Friday, November 10, at Venue One North Shore (the former Berto Center) in Deerfield.
The evening will celebrate the collective power of women to change the world and spotlight all 30 YWomen honorees from the past decade. It also will reflect on 80 years of YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
“In honor of the tenth anniversary of YWomen we are switching things up,” said Karen Singer, CEO and president of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “We are holding the event on a Friday night and moving to a larger venue so we can accommodate as many people as possible, including the men who stand with us and support the mission of YWCA.”
YWCA Evanston/North Shore launched its YWomen Leadership Awards in 2008 to recognize women making an impact in women’s empowerment, racial justice, and social change. While no new honorees will be named for 2017, those from the past decade will be recognized during this year’s event.
In addition, the evening will highlight the 80th anniversary of YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the impact the organization has had in northern Cook County since the 1930s.
“YWCA Evanston/North Shore began as a safe place for rural women to stay while working in the area,” said Singer. “Since then, we have grown in leaps and bounds to improve the lives of women and families from all angles, including our domestic violence and women’s empowerment services, racial justice work, and Flying Fish aquatics program.”
The celebration on November 10 begins with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are discounted until October 1. To purchase tickets and learn more, go to ywomen17.gesture.com.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s YWomen honorees from the past decade include:
2016: Julie Smolyansky, Evonda Thomas-Smith, Amita Lonial
2015: Delores Holmes, Sunny Fischer, Blair Brettschneider
2014: Mary Morten, Gail Vierneisel, Kourtney Cockrell, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
2013: Alaka Wall, Mercedes Fernandez, Rohina Malik, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
2012: Alice Tregay, Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Elizabeth Stanton, LINKS - North Shore Youth Health Service
2011: Ahlam A. Mahmoud, Ann Feldman, Precious Wright, Project Kesher
2010: Bernice Weissbourd, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Courtney C. Wright, Evanston Women’s History Project
2009: Dorothy Roberts, Pushpika Freitas, Ebony Joy, Junior League of Evanston-North Shore
2008: Fay Clayton, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Aracely Canchola, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. - Delta Chi Omega Chapter