Saturday, November 9
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Thanks for joining us for YWomen 2018! We had a great evening, and heard the inspirational stories of our honorees (view the film about their work below.) Congratulations to Vicky Dinges, Gloria Bond Clunie, and Kelley Cambry!
Our sincere gratitude to all of our sponsors and guests who helped make YWomen 2018 such a success. We grossed nearly $300,000, funds which will help support our domestic violence and women’s empowerment programs.
2018 YWomen Honorees
Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Allstate, Vicky is an inspirational example of how a woman in corporate America can change the landscape of a cause she cares about passionately.
Gloria Bond Clunie
Award-winning playwright, director, and educator, Gloria is committed to giving voice to the African American experience through the topics she tackles and the characters she creates.
Entrepreneur and co-creator of an elementary STEM curriculum, Kelley is committed to giving girls and youth of color the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in today’s most in-demand fields.
Our thanks to 2018 YWomen presenting sponsor Wintrust Bank, and to supporting sponsors:
Since YWomen’s small but mighty beginnings in 2008, we have had a BIG dream, and that was to bring our communities together to recognize the power of women to change the world.
Over the years, we have celebrated 24 remarkable women and seven powerful organizations for their work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change. And each year, we have been moved by the spirit of activism that is embodied in the women we have honored. And the past year has reinforced the need for all of us to act to protect what we believe in and to fight for what is just.
Human needs are universal. We all want to be treated fairly, to have opportunities to advance, to feel safe in our home and our communities, to build secure and productive lives for our families. It’s what guides us every day in our work at YWCA.
Thanks to your commitment to this work, we raised over $300,000 at our YWomen celebration to support YWCA programs! With this support, we will also increase our advocacy efforts and speak up and out on issues that we care about deeply: health and safety for women and girls; civil rights and racial justice; and women’s economic advancement.
At the tenth anniversary of YWomen in 2017, we premiered a beautiful film by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel to recognize the 70th anniversary of the founding of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Watch the film and learn more about our work here.