YWCA Spokane calls for women of achievement nominations

YWCA Spokane calls for women of achievement nominations

YWCA Spokane is calling for nominations for its 2018 Women of Achievement Awards. The deadline for submissions is June 22, 2018.

For 36 years at this annual luncheon, YWCA Spokane has celebrated successful women in the community for their achievements along with their commitment to giving back. This year, the event will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, YWCA Spokane has honored more than 200 amazing women in the region at this luncheon over the years.

“Spokane is home to amazing women who are a force of positive change in our community,” says Regina Malveaux, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Spokane. “We are honored to provide this opportunity to recognize these women and share their examples of furthering the YWCA mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.”

Winners of a YWCA Women of Achievement Award embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community.

The YWCA Spokane encourages nominations for the Women of Achievement awards in the following areas:

· Arts & Culture

· Business & Industry

· Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice

· Community Enhancement

· Education

· Science, Technology & Environment

· Young Woman

Nomination forms may be found at ywcaspokane.org and may be completed and submitted via email to woa@ywcaspokane.org or by mail to 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201, Attention: Women of Achievement Awards. The deadline for submissions is June 22, 2017.

“This luncheon allows us to honor successful women who are making a difference in our community, but also an opportunity to raise awareness about critical issues,” says Mireya Fitzloff, YWCA Spokane Women of Achievement Luncheon Co-Chair and YWCA Spokane board member. “We want to demonstrate our commitment to supporting women, children, and families and combating racism.”

This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address that focuses on domestic violence and its impact on families, particularly children. In the ten years between 2006 and 2015, 563 people died in Washington State as a result of intimate partner violence.

Author and filmmaker Gloria Norris will speak about her childhood, which was shaped by violence, love, and ultimately, triumph. She details her life in her memoir, the Oprah Book Club selection, Kookooland.

The Women of Achievement luncheon has evolved into YWCA Spokane’s largest fundraising event, sponsored by over 25 companies and organizations each year, and is one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women.

“All proceeds raised by this important event benefit the YWCA’s critical services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children,” says Malveaux.