YWCA Women of Achievement Gala & 100 Years of Leading Change

  • Posted on: 19 March 2012
  • By: The Media Center

On March 9, 2012, the YWCA of Charleston WV recognized four Women of Achievement at their annual Gala at Embassy Suites. The YWCA is also celebrating their 100th Birthday this year. The Women of Achievement honorees were Linda Arnold, Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin, Debra Sullivan, and last but certainly not least, Threece Clements-Townsend. These women are all extraordinary in their own unique way. To read each of the honoree bios, you may go to: http://www.ywcacharleston.org/news/news/YWCACharlestonBegins,56.aspx or to learn more about upcoming events, click on this link: http://www.ywcacharleston.org/events/default.aspx

The Media Center put together a video production for the Gala that covered the last 100 years of leading change at the YWCA. It was showcased on the Big Screen as the intro video for the centennial celebration. We are proud to announce that our video received rave reviews, and everyone seemed to enjoy it! Kathryn Flanagan represented The Media Center at the event and took plenty of pictures so that everyone could get a glimpse of the celebration. When introducing the video, The Media Center was recognized for our hard work and dedication to producing the two minute film for the YWCA’s Women of Achievement 16th Annual Awards Luncheon.

The YWCA of Charleston isn’t just a place for health and fitness, it's a place that eliminates racism and empowers women. They run the YWCA Sojourners Shelter for Homeless Women & Families, the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program for victims of domestic violence. The YWCA Shanklin Center is for Senior Enrichment, which provides housing with supportive services for disabled female seniors who have been victims of elder abuse, and who are experiencing homelessness because of abuse. The YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center provides state licensed childcare and education services to the community, regardless of ability to pay. The YWCA Empowerment Homes for Women provide permanent housing for chronically homeless, disabled women. YWCA Alicia McCormick, are homes for battered and homeless women and families. The YWCA NPS/Nautilus provides HPS (Health Promotion Services) Nautilus programs for wellness, recreation, health, and fitness to the greater Kanawha Valley. YWCA Past and Present is gently used clothing for women, men, and children. Last but certainly not least is the YWCA’s Second Seating, which is gently used furniture and housewares.

To learn more about ALL of these programs, facilities, retail operations, contact information, and where they’re all located, click on this link: http://www.ywcacharleston.org/programs/default.aspx If you just want to learn about the YWCA, and what it has to offer you, visit their home page at: http://www.ywcacharleston.org/default.aspx

Here are the pictures from the “Women of Achievement” Gala, ENJOY!

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