Thank you, GU Theatre, for your Benefit Performance of the Vagina Monologues!
Gonzaga University’s Theatre Department will be performing Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues on February 14th as part of the annual V-Day campaign to support ending violence against women. As part of the campaign, GU’s Theatre Dept. will be donating 90% of their ticket sales to our Domestic Violence Safe Shelter. In addition, there will be a special performance to honor 1 Billion Rising, a movement also part of the V-Day Campaign that aims to empower women and bring awareness to the fact that statistically, one billion people around the globe will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. Please consider attending what the New York Times called “the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade,” to support those staying in our Shelter.
In addition, Hope Stones will be on sale at the performance. To support our shelter even further, please consider purchasing the perfect Valentine’s gift!
Please consider attending the first performance of The Vagina Monologues ever hosted on Gonzaga’s campus! The performance will be held at the Magnuson Theatre at 502. E Boone Avenue. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here. Support our Shelter and enjoy this tremendous play!
See the flyer below. For more information please contact Olivia Moorer, YWCA Communications Assistant, and The Vagina Monologues Community Producer/Student Director at email@example.com or at 509-961-1548.
Please join YWCA Spokane at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 9, 2019! YWCA Spokane Staff Members will be present for tabling in addition to assistance with planning the event. There will be speakers, workshops, tabling, and food available to highlight the incredible work women do all over the world every day.
Our 2019 IWD Keynote is Idella “IipaSu-Akii” King, Educational Advocate, in collaboration with the Red Skirt Society. The title of her presentation is “Community Healing Through Female Indigenous Ideologies.” We are excited for her courageous and interactive presentation!
In addition to our keynote, we will have three workshop presentations. Donell Barlow, Certified Holistic Health Coach will be facilitating “Discovering Your Rituals of Self-Care”; Bethany Montgomery and Power 2 the Poetry will be facilitating “Tapping Your Power Within”; and Carmen Pacheco-Jones and Mokeph will be facilitating “Developing Self Compassion through Guided Meditation and Soundscapes.” We are so excited to have these amazing community leaders to teach us all how to create balance for better!
This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To secure your spot at IWD 2019, please register on our Eventbrite page to ensure you hear from our amazing speakers, network with the community, and create balance for better!
If you are interested in Corporate Sponsorship for this event, please see our Corporate Sponsorship flyer for more information about the different levels and benefits of donating to this impactful event. If you would like to make a general donation to this event, please feel free to use this form.
*Please note that while the donation page is on YWCA Spokane’s website, proceeds through this form will not benefit YWCA Spokane. All proceeds directly benefit our International Women’s Day celebration. YWCA Spokane serves as a partner with IWD 2019 by processing donations and sponsorships for the IWD 2019 Committee. No donation or sponsorship made through this form will benefit YWCA Spokane’s programs and services. Thank you!
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If you would prefer to make a general donation, please feel free to use the form below as well.
Partners in Progress 2019
YWCA Spokane cordially invites the public to attend our Partners In Progress annual meeting held Wednesday, March 27th, 2018 from 8:30am – 9:30am at the historic SIERR building at McKinstry.
Friends, partners, and supporters of YWCA Spokane’s mission are encouraged to join in a celebration of the agency’s 116th birthday, a reflection of successes in 2018, and an acknowledgment of the organization’s Shining Star award honorees: staff, volunteers, and community partners who made an outstanding contribution in the previous year.
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Celebrate with YWCA Spokane for our 116th birthday! To celebrate, please join us at our Spring Fling Champagne Brunch. Spring Fling is a once a year, very special, champagne brunch and auction benefit held at Anthony’s At Spokane Falls on April 13th, 2019 from 10am-12:30pm. All proceeds raised benefit YWCA Spokane’s critical programs and services for women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment in Spokane. Please join us to celebrate our birthday and the renewal of spring!
Thank you to all who have helped create our agency’s success! For 116 years, YWCA Spokane has been at the forefront of creating a lasting impact on women, children, and families because of the generosity of friends and supporters in our community. Thank you to the Spokane community for supporting our work and those we serve for over a century!
We Are Excited To Have You Join Us For YWCA Spokane’s 2019 Spring Fling Fundraiser!
Spring Fling is a once a year, very special, champagne brunch and auction benefit held at Anthony’s At Spokane Falls on April 13th, 2019 from 10am-12:30pm.
All proceeds raised benefit YWCA Spokane’s critical programs and services for women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment in Spokane.
Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by Anthony’s, endless mimosas, as well as opportunities to bid on spring-themed, silent auction items.
A Special Celebration This Year!
In our 116 year history, YWCA Spokane has played a special part in the lives and hearts of many mother/daughter pairs in our community. This year at Spring Fling, we hope to celebrate the legacy of these cherished relationships that have supported our work for generations.
If you plan to attend with your mother or daughter, please let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-789-9312.
See Families Celebrating at Past Spring Fling Events!
Happy Birthday YWCA Spokane!
A Little Birdie Told Us April 13th Is A Very Special Day!
YWCA Spokane will be celebrating 116 years of service in the Spokane community during Spring Fling This Year. We hope you can join us and help celebrate our unwavering history of empowering women, and continued dedication to serve and support women, children, and families in our community.
Purchase Hope Stones!
YWCA Spokane’s Hope Stones handmade jewelry will be available for purchase for you or someone you love. The perfect, thoughtful Mother’s Day gift or special something just for you!
To honor the mothers and daughters who have served our agency for 116 years, there will be mother/daughter pieces available for purchase. See our mother/daughter necklaces that will be on sale at Spring Fling below!
A special thanks to Tracy Jewelers for donating all the supplies needed to create Hope Stones jewelry. 100% of proceeds raised go directly to YWCA’s Spokane’s Domestic Violence Safe Shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
If you have any questions about Hope Stones jewelry, please contact our shelter staff member, Melanie Wilson, at 509-863-2882 or email email@example.com.
It takes a team of caring community members to ensure a successful event!
There are many fun ways to contribute to the day by helping with setup, tear down, and throughout the brunch. If you are interested in learning more about available event volunteer opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Volunteer Page.
Thank You Event Sponsors
Thank you to our Event Committee!
We could not do this without you!
Tara McAloon- Spring Fling Co-Chair
Ashley Cameron- Spring Fling Co-Chair
YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
2019 Courageous Conversation: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.
This April, 40+ YWCA agencies across the nation will host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue, with over 250,000 people, that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of the annual event is to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.
Stand Against Racism 2019
This year, YWCA Spokane’s courageous conversation will align with YWCA USA’s national theme: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.
In addition to bringing awareness to the racism immigrants experience, three immigrants, living in Spokane, will be provided with an opportunity to share their personal experiences. Additional time will be provided for a panel discussion and a question and answer session.
- What: YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
- When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
- Where: Empire Health Foundation, Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
- Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
- Questions: email@example.com | 509-789-9312
- Share: #standagainstracism
- Food: Lunch will be provided for guests
This event is made possible by Providence Health Care and YWCA Spokane’s Racial and Social Justice Committee, led by YWCA Spokane Board Members Kiana McKenna, Kate Burke, and Dr. Shari Clarke.
“YWCA’s Stand Against Racism event will be a time for us, as a community, to stand together and say, ‘No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.’,” states Kiana McKenna, YWCA Board Member and Co-Chair of the YWCA Spokane Racial and Social Justice Committee. “It is our responsibility to stand up for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and this event gives us an opportunity to do so. We are stronger together.”
Event Registration Is Now Closed
We have reached maximum capacity for attendance at this year’s Stand Against Racism courageous conversation. We are so grateful for the extraordinary response to this year’s event. Thank you!
Amplify Your Impact
- Consider joining our recurring community of monthly donors in support of YWCA’s mission and work. Donate Today.
- Learn more about Stand Against Racism and other ways to join YWCA Spokane’s racial and social justice work. Learn More.
Meet Our Panelists
Thank you to our incredible speakers for volunteering their time to tell their courageous stories. Learn more about these women below!
Rosemary is a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She has broad experience in academic, international non-governmental, and global multilateral organizations advocating for girl education, children’s rights, and sustainable human development. Prior to her doctoral studies at Gonzaga, she was Deputy Head of Human Resources Management at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kenya. She thrives on developing talent and leadership capacity in youth and women. Her research interests include higher education of under-served populations, women leadership, organizational leadership and development, humanitarianism, and micro/small business development. She is an active community member and serves on several boards in her home country Kenya and in the United States.
Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi an educator and scientist born in Karachi, Pakistan and came to Spokane in 2012. She finds happiness through involvement with the Spokane community, and building relationships. She is part of several local groups such as Spokane Women Together, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Faith Leaders, and Leaders of Conscience, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and Spokane Faith & Values.
She meets for potlucks and has built a community of friends with people of all faiths — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Christian, as well as people of different ethnicities. They connect around food, sharing their heritage, values, and stories; educating each other so they stand up for each other’s rights! They understand where they are coming from and how they can work together to make this a better world for all children.
She worked in 2017/2018 to block Proposition 1 being put on the ballot, a racial profiling initiative that would have allowed any city employee to ask anyone for their documents. She also helped start the No Discrimination Spokane Campaign.
Currently she is involved with Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Refugee Connections Spokane, Muslims for Community Action and Support, Center for Justice, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition APIC – Spokane, Spokane Coalition of Color (an amalgamation of the leadership of Spokane NAACP, ACLU, HBPA, and APIC), and was one of our highlighted speakers at the Women’s March earlier this year!
Lili Navarrete immigrated with her family from Mexico City in 1988. She graduated from EWU with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and with minors in Economics and Business Administration. Advocacy is a major and important part of her career and her employer for the last 3 years, Planned Parenthood, has given her the tools, support, and platform to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently the Volunteer Program and Raiz Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Recently, she served on the International Women’s Day Committee to bring balance for better to the Spokane Community.
YWCA’S NATIONAL STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE
As a part of YWCA National’s annual campaign, an opportunity is provided to take a pledge to stand united in our efforts to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.
During the event, YWCA Spokane will encourage the community to join their pledge to stand against racism by signing a pledge banner which will display at YWCA Spokane’s office. Community members will also be encouraged to complete YWCA USA’s online pledge listed below.
Please consider joining YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who will engage with us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.
Stand Against Racism Pledge
Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:
I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.
I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;
I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;
I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.
Thank you to our Racial & social justice committee for making this possible!
We appreciate your commitment to serving our community. You truly embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!
Kate Burke | Committee Co-Chair
Kiana McKenna | Committee Co-Chair
Dora “Duaa-Rahemaah” Williams
Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, YWCA Spokane Board Treasurer
Join us at pride!
YWCA Spokane is proud to march in the 2019 Pride Parade and table at the 2019 Rainbow Festival! Come march with our advocates as we show our support for the LGBT community.
For those who want to march with YWCA Spokane, we will gather at the red radio wagon in Riverfront Park at 11:40am. For those who arrive a bit later, you can find us with our “Serves All, Proudly.” banner, in the march line up. Please consider arriving early as parking may become difficult to find.
PRIDE 2019: To Thrive, Not Just Survive.
This year’s parade theme is “To Thrive, Not Just Survive.” The parade and festival also honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a turning point in the gay rights movement. Help us honor all the brave individuals who fought back against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, whose courage still influence communities today.
Schedule of Events
Join YWCA Spokane for the Parade, and then see us at the Rainbow Festival!
- Noon – 1 pm
Pride Parade – see the 2019 Parade Route
- Noon – 6 pm
Festival Booths – at Riverfront Park
- Noon – 10 pm
Pride Bar Sponsored Nyne Bar & Bistro
- 6 – 10 pm
All Ages Dance Party hosted by DJ Jewels
- 10 pm
Pride Fireworks Show
This event is not facilitated by YWCA Spokane. YWCA Spokane strives to promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all, and will be at PRIDE events in support of promoting equity and justice for LGBT communities.
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Please join us for An Evening in Tuscany!
A Tuscan inspired summer evening benefit raising critical funds for YWCA Spokane.
Held This Year At Beacon Hill Catering and Events
Guests enjoy a fabulous scratch made Italian dinner, prepared by a local signature chef, as well as indulge in a night of wine, art, entertainment, desserts and music that will make you feel like you were in Tuscany!
In addition to dinner and music, there will be a live & silent auction to benefit YWCA Spokane’s programs and services for women, children, and families impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.
Online registration is now closed, however, if you would still like to join us, don’t worry! Please call our event team at 509-789-9304 to secure last minute tickets, as they are available. We will be accepting walk-up registrations the day of the event until we’ve reached capacity. Join us at Beacon Hill Events from 5pm – 10pm to secure your seat; first come, first served. Thank you so much!
Thank you to our Event Committee
We could not ensure the success of this event without your support!
Mireya Fitzloff | Chair
Thank You To Our Event Sponsors!
Friends of Tuscany
Thank You to our Photographers!
A huge thank you to James and Kathy Mangis for donating their talent to capture wonderful memories made at this event. We are so grateful for you both!
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end the silence of domestic violence!
Please join YWCA Spokane in our 4th annual End the Silence Campaign this October! As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Spokane will be organizing events and campaigns throughout the month that all are invited to join in!
Each year YWCA agencies engage in domestic violence prevention and awareness campaigns during October, Domestic Violence Action Month, an effort established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981. In 2019, YWCA Spokane will launch our 4th annual End The Silence campaign.
The End The Silence campaign goal is to stop victim blaming and to ask the community to stand alongside victims and survivors of domestic violence as safe allies, making it know that they are not alone.
We ask community members and local businesses to identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference throughout October. Last year, our agency focused on preventing domestic violence before it begins by encouraging parents to have courageous conversations with their kiddos on healthy relationships. Through online materials, events for parents and kiddos, or visiting college campuses to talk to young adults about healthy relationships, we helped prevent domestic violence before it ever arose.
Campaigns and event details are not available at this time. Please check back in closer to the date, or follow us on Facebook for updates of easy ways to get involved. Or, consider signing up for our newsletter for updates delivered straight to you!
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Announcing 2019 Keynote Speaker – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Judge Aquilina presided over the USA Gymnastics Team sex abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar, sentencing him to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of young women that lasted more than two decades. By allowing every woman who said they had been sexually assaulted by Nassar face him in court, despite his guilty plea, many say Judge Aquilina empowered these young women and redefined victim testimony. She gave 156 “sister survivors” the opportunity to face their abuser in court and share their very personal experiences about how his abuse affected them and their families.
In the sentencing hearing where she gave Nassar multiple life sentences, Judge Aquilina said, “I am not special, I am doing my job. If you come into my courtroom, any Wednesday and watch sentencing, I give everybody a voice. I give defendants a voice, their families when they’re here. I give the victims a voice. I try to treat everybody like family because that’s the justice system that I was raised to believe in.”
“There’s likely not a person in this country who hasn’t heard of the scandal involving Larry Nassar,” said YWCA Spokane CEO Regina Malveaux. “The real household name should be Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the woman who sentenced Nassar to a lifetime in prison, and equally as importantly, gave those young women a voice and the opportunity to confront the man who stole so much from them. Judge Aquilina gave those survivors new faith and hope, empowering them to empower themselves.”
More About Judge Aquilina
Judge Aquilina immigrated to the United States at the age of one with her family in 1959, from Munich, Germany to Detroit where she lived with her grandparents. She graduated with a BA from Michigan State University and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She served 20 years in the Michigan Army National Guard and was the first woman to serve in Michigan’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Judge Aquilina served four years as a judge on the 55th District Court before she was elected to the 30th Circuit Court of Ingham County, Michigan in 2008. Judge Aquilina is also a law school professor, a mother of five, a grandmother of two and an author of two fictional crime novels. Learn more about Judge Aquilina.
Join us for our most critical fundraiser of the year!
YWCA Spokane’s 37th annual Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon is designed to express gratitude for the outstanding contributions of our 2019 award honorees, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community. Each year provides a special opportunity to honor high achieving women from Spokane who have gone above and beyond to give back to their community.
2019 Luncheon Registration
Guests are welcome to secure a table at the event, corporate sponsorship, and individual tickets through our online registration forms below or by contacting our Development Team at 509-789-9312 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment may be received by check or credit card.
Donate In Honor Of Women Of Achievement
If you are unable to attend this year’s celebration of the outstanding achievements of women in our community, consider making a donation in honor of this year’s award winners. Thank you for your support!
Thank you to our Event Committee!
Thank you all for your commitment to our agency. We could not ensure the success of our biggest event of the year without you all!
|Laura McAloon | Co-Chair
Leanne Scott | Co-Chair
Dana Morris Lee
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Thank you to our Deeply Valued Event Sponsors!
This awards celebration would not be possible without their incredible support.
Video Production Sponsor
YWCA Spokane’s Women of Achievement Luncheon is our biggest event of the year, with last year’s event gathering over 1,200 dedicated guests and 50 organizations who collectively raised $315,000!
Nominations for the 2019 Women of Achievement Awards are now closed.
Please email email@example.com or cal 509-789-9305 for any questions or concerns!
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
- Science, Technology & Environment
- Young Woman