February 17, 2022

2022 Community Enhancement Award Honoree

Congratulations Fawn!

Thank You for Living Out YWCA Spokane’s Mission

Fawn Schott has been instrumental in providing safe shelter to women and young people living on the streets in Spokane and its neighboring communities. Most women and teens in homelessness have experienced trauma and abuse, and many are fleeing domestic violence. Volunteers of America (VOA) of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho provides hope to women in the form of safety, shelter, health care and resources to transition them to long-term independence and well-being. Fawn is passionate about the community she serves, and cares about each and every person VOA helps each day. She works tirelessly to secure funding, build corporate and government partnerships and strengthen relationships, all in service of those who are most vulnerable in our community. 

Through 2020 and 2021, Fawn was a voice and an advocate for people living with homelessness. As the pandemic shut down businesses and sent those of us fortunate enough to have a home inside, those who were outside became even more vulnerable. Fawn and her team worked alongside others who care about our community to find alternative solutions when shelters had to close or reconfigure because of COVID-19. She saw many homeless community members contract the virus, and never gave up trying to find resources and safe, healthy shelter. In the midst of the pandemic, she led capital funding and construction of a 100-bed women’s shelter and 60 affordable apartments, Hope House 2, which opened in spring of 2021. At its opening, Hope House provided 100 beds so that more women living in our community would not have to sleep on the streets. In addition, she is currently completing a capital fundraising effort to replace Crosswalk, which serves homeless youth in our community, many who represent marginalized groups and experience discrimination and racism. 

Fawn is deeply caring, passionate, driven and authentic. She believes in the mission of VOA and is visionary in her leadership of the organization. She takes care of her employees, because she knows that they are the catalyst for change in our community. 

Fawn exemplifies servant leadership, works tirelessly for those who are most vulnerable in our community and runs a nonprofit with a sharp business mind. One VOA board member notes, “I am inspired by her dedication and love for the people and the community she services, as well as her intelligence and ability to influence real change. She leads with her heart and makes change with her hands.”

Fawn was recently recognized by VOA National as the winner of the Leadership in Administration award. Fawn is highly respected by her employees, those she serves and many within the community. She is sought out by city, county and state government officials looking for input and guidance to address homelessness throughout our state. Her strong morals, integrity and empathy show in everything she says and does. She truly leads by example. YWCA Spokane is honored to present Fawn Schott with the 2022 Women of Achievement award for Community Enhancement.

Dawn Wolski | Nancy Mahoney | Hanncel Sanchez | Fawn Schott | Lee Williams | Alison Gregoire | Oladunni Olywoye | Sarah Dixit

Join Us In Honoring These Outstanding Women At The Awards Celebration And Benefit For YWCA Spokane On March 24, 2022

Over the last 40 years this awards luncheon has evolved into YWCA Spokane’s largest fundraising event. Sponsored by more than 50 companies and organizations each year, it has become one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women. Friends and supporters who believe in YWCA Spokane’s mission come together to invest in the safety, hope, and healing  of those served by YWCA’s critical programs through their support of this spectacular celebration of women.

All proceeds raised support YWCA Spokane’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. Learn more about the impact of YWCA Spokane.

Registration Is Now Closed

Please contact Jennifer Evans at jennifere@ywcaspokane.org with any questions or concerns.

Admiral Howard Embodies Honor, Courage and Commitment

Born when female participation in the military was legally capped and women were not allowed to become generals or admirals or to attend service academies, Admiral Howard shattered every glass ceiling. She was the first women to command a U.S. Naval Ship, achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy). She was also the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four-star in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy. We are honored to welcome Admiral Michelle Howard (Retired) as our 2022 Keynote Speaker.

Give in Honor of A Women of Achievement Award Honorees

Consider making a donation in honor of an outstanding woman acknowledged through this inspiring celebration. As our most critical fundraiser of the year, support received through the Women of Achievement awards celebration helps us serve approximately 16,500 clients through programs and services impacting the lives of those affected by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Your support allows our reach to go further and our mission to be realized. Simply put, we cannot do this work without you!


Your Health and Safety Remains our Priority

While we look forward to Women of Achievement’s in-person event, the health and safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority. With the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, a lot is changing quickly. We are looking at the published guidance from federal, state and local health authorities and government and making decisions to accommodate all of our guests and promote a safe gathering. We continue to assess health and safety policies for the event in light of changing state/local and venue requirements. Beginning March 12th, there will no longer be a statewide mask mandate, nor vaccination requirements for large events. While masks are recommended, they will not be required. Please contact Jennifer Evans at jennifere@ywcaspokane.org for additional information regarding our COVID-19 plan.

This awards celebration would not be possible without the incredible support of our sponsors.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Briana Berner, YWCA Spokane Donor Engagement Coordinator, at brianab@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-953-5992.

Signature sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Honoree Sponsor

Survivor Sponsor

Video Production Sponsor


Women’s History Month Sponsor

PhotoBooth Sponsor

Staff Sponsor

Champion Sponsors

Trailblazer Sponsors

Pioneer Sponsors





Corporate Sponsors


Northwest Renewables

US Bank

Spokane Public Schools

Traci Bemis Real Estate – Homes for Change

Volunteers of America

Washington State University

Davenport Hotels

Wendle Ford Nissan

Columbia Bank

By: Bridget Smith

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