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Nominate great women in Spokane for prestigious YWCA recognition

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SPOKANE, Wash. –YWCA of Spokane is calling for nominations for its 2014 Woman of Achievement Awards. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014.

For 32 years, YWCA of Spokane has celebrated high achieving women in the community at this annual luncheon. This year, the event will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on October 1, 2014. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored over 200 women in the region.

“We have so many incredible women in our community doing amazing things,” says Regina Malveaux, Executive Director of YWCA of Spokane. “Our intent is to publicly recognize these outstanding women who parallel our YWCA mission to empower women and eliminate racism.”

Winners of a YWCA Woman of Achievement award must embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community.

The YWCA encourages nominations for YWCA Woman of Achievement awards in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Industry
  • Carl J. Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science, Technology & Environment

“In addition to showing our gratitude at the luncheon, we also want to inspire,” says Kim Pearman-Gillman, YWCA of Spokane Women of Achievement Luncheon Chair and past YWCA Woman of Achievement award winner. “Highlighting women who are making significant contributions to our community is a great way to show other women by example what is possible. It’s also a way to confirm to all women present that there is a community here supporting them.”

“The YWCA is very excited to announce our keynote speaker for the October 1 event, Hattie Kauffman, author of the new book Falling Into Place,” says Malveaux. “Hattie Kauffman is a member of the local Nez Perce Tribe and made history when she became the first Native American journalist both to anchor KING 5 News in Seattle and to serve as a Special Correspondent to ABC’s Good Morning America.”

One of the main goals of the luncheon is to raise awareness of domestic abuse in the community. In 2013, 35 people died in Washington State as a result of domestic violence, and one in three Spokane women will have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.

Nomination forms may be found online at www.ywca.spokane.org and may be completed and submitted via email to development@ywcaspokane.org or by mail to 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201, Attention: Woman of Achievement Awards.

The Women of Achievement luncheon has evolved into YWCA of Spokane’s largest fundraising event, sponsored by over 25 companies and organizations each year, and is one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women.

“All proceeds raised by this important event directly benefit the YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children,” says Malveaux.

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