Thank You To A Caring Spokane Community
There are no words to tell the Spokane community just how grateful we are at YWCA Spokane for the incredible support we received at our 35th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon. With the support of more than 1000 guests and 50 organizations we raised over $306,000!
An event like Women of Achievement gives us the opportunity to not only honor extraordinary women who make a real difference in our community but also allows us to educate the community about domestic violence, its impact on survivors and their children and the important work we do every day.
“The money raised at this luncheon has benefited the YWCA Spokane’s services for domestic violence victims and their children,” says Regina Malveaux, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Spokane. “It has evolved into our biggest fundraising event.
This event is the vital kick off of our annual campaign. We look for the support of over $700,000 annually from the community to sustain the work we do in Spokane and in the surrounding counties. We are so grateful for an amazing start to help meet this critical need.
“For 35 years, Spokane has supported the YWCA mission to help women and children who are going through some of the hardest, most vulnerable times in their lives,” says Marlene Feist, YWCA Spokane Board Member and Women of Achievement Luncheon Co-Chair. “Through the YWCA, we can help these families make transformational change.”
“Not only do we raise funds for important YWCA services,” says Mireya Fitzloff, YWCA Spokane Board Member and Women of Achievement Luncheon Co-Chair, “but the luncheon provides an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community.”
Best-selling author Janine Latus provided the keynote address. Latus is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir If I Am Missing Or Dead about her sister’s death by domestic violence. Since the book’s publication, Latus has toured all over the world to share her story and help prevent other women from suffering her sister’s fate. In her address, Latus shared the story of abuse in her family and relationships, and she discussed the importance of breaking our silence so we can end the chain of domestic violence.
“We are grateful for the community supporters who show up for the YWCA Spokane year after year,” says Malveaux. “We want to thank the table captains, companies and organizations that make this event a reality. We couldn’t do our work without you.”
The list of event sponsors includes:
- Signature Sponsor: Providence Health Care
- Keynote Sponsor: Numerica Credit Union
- Good Guys Sponsor: Avista Utilities
- Photo Booth Sponsor: PAML
- Premier Sponsors:
- Kalispel Tribe of Indians & Northern Quest Resort & Casino
- Inland Imaging
- Northwest Farm Credit Services
- Patron Sponsor: STCU
- Supporting Sponsor:
- Bernardo Wills Architects, PC
- Gonzaga University
- Potlatch Corporation
- Spokane International Airport
- Maxey Law Offices, PLLC
- Lisa Brown
- Kaiser Aluminum
- Lawton Printing Services
- Rosauers Supermarkets
Special thanks to our amazing board of directors, event committee, staff, and 100+ volunteers who’s time, talent and generous spirit ensured the success of this year’s luncheon celebration. Truly a memorable day!