GOODGUYS BEER & LEARN @ Outdoor Patio of the Historic SIERR Building at McKinstry
Jun 19 @ 5:00 am – 6:00 am

Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence


YWCA’s Good Guys welcome you to learn more about this critical movement at this free Beer & Learn event. Enjoy complimentary, locally crafted beer from River City Brewing on June 19th, 5-6pm, on the beautiful outdoor patio at McKinstry, 850 E Spokane Falls Blvd #100, Spokane, WA 99202. Register below.

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We want the community to know that the region recognizes and supports YWCA Spokane’s efforts to end domestic violence (DV).
Together we can make a clear, strong, public statement that domestic violence is not ok and will not be accepted.

Domestic Violence is a COMMUNITY epidemic

  • Domestic violence is the number 1 call to 911 in Spokane.
  • 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men will be victim to domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • 1490 reported children & youth were directly impacted by family violence last year; another 580 witnessed the violence.
  • Less than 15% of incidents get reported.

This is not a women’s issue. It is a a community issue. Something that we must work together to bring an end to.


Spokane men who stand with YWCA Spokane to end domestic violence in our community.

Co-founders and long-time YWCA supporters, Doug Kelley of Avista and Manny Hochheimer of Numerica Credit Union, joined together with YWCA to create a collaborative effort of support called Good Guys.

Good Guys is a group that started with an idea in 2015, when Doug Kelley was challenged to put together a men’s table for YWCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Women of Achievement awards luncheon. As he learned more about how domestic violence impacts our community and the critical importance of YWCA’s work, he knew more had to be done.


GoodGuys Co-Chairs, Doug and Manny, are making a call out to Spokane men to take a stand with YWCA Spokane against domestic violence. Join them at YWCA’s 36th annual Women of Achievement awards celebration, Oct 4th. Sit at a Good Guy Table or take the lead as a Table Captain and fill a table of 10 men at the luncheon.

Learn more


GoodGuys Co-Chairs|  Doug Kelley & Manny Hochheimer | goodguys@ywcaspokane.org
Dana Morris Lee | YWCA Spokane Development Director | danam@ywcaspokane.org | 742-0111

Women of Achievement 2019 @ The Spokane Convention Center (Entrance Across From Chilies Restaurant, By DoubleTree)
Oct 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

2019 Luncheon Registration

*** Last minute tickets will be available at the door. Thank you! ***

YWCA Spokane’s 37th annual Women of Achievement Awards 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.

This year, YWCA Spokane is also providing a special discounted ticket opportunity for high school age young women to attend the event. Learn more about sponsoring a ticket for a young woman here.


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2019 Women of Achievement Award Honorees

To be awarded a YWCA Women of Achievement Award, a woman must embody YWCA Spokane’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Selected honorees demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service and give generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all to live.

The 2019 Women of Achievement Award Honorees:
  • Ginger Ewing, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Terrain Spokane – Arts & Culture
  • Carla Cicero, President and CEO, Numerica Credit Union – Business & Industry
  • Freda Gandy, Executive Director, MLK Community Outreach Center – Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
  • Susan Ashe, Executive Director, Health Science & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane – Community Enhancement
  • Ann Ciasullo, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and English Department Chair, Gonzaga University – Education
  • Traci Ponto, Officer, Spokane Police Department – Government and Public Service
  • Anne McClain, Astronaut, NASA – Science, Technology & Environment
  • Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Associate Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing – Science, Technology & Environment
  • Christine Dugger, Spokane Valley Youth Voice – Young Woman of Achievement
  • Marion Moos, Spokane’s “mother of feminism” – Lifetime Achievement

About The Honorees

2019 Keynote Speaker – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

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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.”

about Judge Aquilina

Introducing Y-Inspires

A Special Young Woman Gathering With Judge Aquilina

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has graciously offered to stay after her keynote address at the Women of Achievement luncheon to leed a special presentation for young women of high school age in our community. Learn more here. 

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!

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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
Amanda Swan-Roadruck
Amber Williams
Anna Franklin
April Anderson
Caroline Yu
Dana Morris Lee
Debra Schultz
Echo Wilske
Erica Schreiber
Jennifer Mitchell
Julia Culp
Julie Holland
Kate Sowers
Kyla Petcoff
Laura Vickers
Lisa Simpson
Marlene Feist
Mary Alberts
Nicole Rosenkrantz
Paula Tarbert-Gumm
Regina Malveaux
Sara Clements-Sampson
Tara McAloon
Theresa Keyes


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Thank you to our Deeply Valued Event Sponsors!

This awards celebration would not be possible without their incredible support.

Signature sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Honoree sponsor

GoodGuys sponsor

Photobooth sponsor

Video Production Sponsor

Champion sponsor

Trailblazer Sponsors


Pioneer Sponsors

Corporate sponsors

Davenport Hotels

First Interstate Bank

Global Credit Union


Horizon Credit Union

Hoyt, Lewis & Associates

HUB International

Moss Adams

PotlatchDeltic Corporation

Umpqua Bank

U.S. Bank

Wells Fargo

Wendle Ford Nissan

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

Non-profit sponsors

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University, Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Gonzaga University

Hospice of Spokane

Martin Luther King Community Center

NATIVE Project

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho

Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit

Spokane Public Schools

Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen

WSU College of Nursing

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!

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