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Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon


The YWCA along with 290 attendees, was honored to celebrate phenomenal women and organizations that empower women during the 12th Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon.  Held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls, the award luncheon recognizes women, businesses and organizations who exemplify the YWCA mission and vision through their commitment to the community and service-before-self approach.


Eileen Loan of KWWL served as the entertaining and informative emcee, as she applauded the winners for their impressive accomplishments.  Program participants captivated the audience with their testimony of trials and triumphs, and the role their involvement with the YWCA has played in overcoming obstacles.


A special note of appreciation goes to our Premier Sponsor, the University of Northern Iowa, Sasha Wohlpart for photography, Robbie Fye Leach and Connie Cizek of Petal Pushers Designs for creating the festive ambiance.  A big thank you to all of the attendees who came to the luncheon in honor of these outstanding women. In supporting the YWCA, you help fund vital programming and services that improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and families each year right here in Black Hawk County.


This year’s recipients of Women of Persimmon awards were:

2018 Women of Persimmon Professional Woman – Alicia Smiley

2018 Women of Persimmon Volunteer – Melanie Knipp

2018 Women of Persimmon Young Woman of Tomorrow – Maggie Miller

2018 Women of Persimmon Youth Advocate – Susan Langan

2018 Women of Persimmon Organization that Empowers Women –

UNI Center for Urban Education

2018 Jean Parker YWCA Woman of Persimmon – Susan Janzen


Thank you to all of the 2018 Women of Persimmon event sponsors:

Media sponsors: KWWL-TV and The Mix 93.5

Premier Sponsor: the University of Northern Iowa

Friend Sponsors: Bertch Cabinet Mfg., CUNA Mutual Group and Lincoln Savings Bank

Partner Sponsors: Allen College, Echo Development Group, First Community Trust, INVISION Architecture, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Swisher and Cohrt, PLC, The Accel Group, The Samuels Group, Tyson Fresh Meats, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Van Meter, Viking Pump, Warren Transport and Yantis and Associates Financial Advisors.


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