YWCA Capital Campaign Official Launch:
May 16, 2013
The YWCA of Black Hawk County, along with Campaign Leadership, is proud to announce the official launch of the Preserving the Past – Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign.
Guests are invited to join in the celebration on
May 16, 2013 at the YWCA in downtown Waterloo from 5:30 pm-6:30pm for hors d’oeuvres and a short program.
The program will detail the facility renovation, reconfiguration and upgrade along with an announcement of contributions raised to date.
Young Women on the Move – Friday, April 26
This annual interactive event will provide a day of fun and information for middle-school aged girls. Activities designed to explore areas such as self-image, career, decision making and fitness will be offered.
Young Women on the Move is free for participants but preregistration is
Watch for announcements at your school or check with your school counselor.
Friends of the YWCA
Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
The YWCA’s Friends Board will host its annual Spring Salad Luncheon to raise funds to support YWCA programs and services. Cost of the luncheon is $9 per person. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
year, volunteers fill our buffet tables
with a delightful variety of salads and accompaniments. Bring your friends and
enjoy lunch in the beautiful Grace Cornish Lounge or pick up a lunch-to-go if you are more pressed for time. Salads will also be for sale at the end of the event.
For those who wish to stay a little longer, card games will follow until 3:00 p.m. Reservations are required for card tables.
“Jean Parker YWCA
Woman of Persimmon”
Shanlee was not only born and raised in the Cedar Valley community, but she has also made the Cedar Valley home with her husband and three wonderful children. She, along with her family, are actively involved as volunteers and participants in many school activities and sports and are equally active with many community organizations and events. Shanlee is involved with the Symphony, in particular the Notable Affairs program and the Lollipop Concert series, is a member of the Waterloo School Board, is a past member of the YWCA Board of Directors, and currently serves as a member of the YWCA Board of Trustees and YWCA capital campaign co-chair. She speaks passionately about her family, her organizations, her causes, leaving you wanting to know more, be involved more. She is truly persimmon.
Each year, the Jean Parker Woman of Persimmon award is announced during our annual recognition luncheon. The award is presented to a woman who is a member and avid supporter of the YWCA, dedicated to its mission, sharing her time, talents and treasure. The YWCA was delighted to have nearly 200 of its friends and supporters attend its Seventh Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon to recognize and celebrate the strong women of our community. Held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls, the award celebration honored women, businesses, and organizations who exemplify the YWCA mission and through their roles in the community have made a difference.
The YWCA would like to thank Tara Thomas from KWWL-TV who was Emcee of our Seventh Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon and all of the committee members who helped organize the event. A special thanks also to everyone who attended the luncheon and honored these outstanding women. In supporting the YWCA, you help us fulfill our mission and fund critical programs and services that improve the lives of thousands of area women, girls, and families each year.
Lisa Muñoz - Professional Woman Lisa is an assistant professor in the social sciences department at Hawkeye Community College providing students with many opportunities to grow and learn about the diverse world they live in. Lisa also works to improve the lives of others through her volunteer efforts with non-profit organizations, with a special commitment to issues affecting non-native English speakers, women, and people living in poverty. Her nominator stated, “I have been amazed at not only the deep thinking but also the heart that Lisa brings to issues of diversity”.
Marcia Griffin - Volunteer Relatively new to the area, Marcia has made it a priority to become involved in the community, applying her skills and knowledge to assist with the creation of the African American Historical and Cultural Museum. And like so many who give willingly of their time and talents, Marcia is humble and is doing the work because she believes in it. Her nominator stated, “Marcia inspires adults and children to be their best and is a mentor to young women. Marcia is an exceptional member of this community because of her inspirational qualities and volunteer work.”
Zohha Tariq - Young Woman of Tomorrow Born and raised in Pakistan until just a few years ago, Zohha has shown amazing leadership and dedication to community service in her young life. At 16, she has already proven to be a valuable volunteer and member of the Cedar Valley through her participation on many various community organizations. Her nominator stated, “Zohha believes in equality for all human beings irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity, financial position or sexual orientation. She continues to work hard to spread this message and that of peace and harmony”.
Heidi Fuchtman - Youth Advocate Besides running her own graphic design business and raising 4 kids with her husband, Heidi also created and volunteers with a program called The Youth Art Team; designed to build bridges across race, gender, socioeconomic status and neighborhood. Her nominator stated, “Heidi believes that any child, with support and encouragement, can do amazing things in the fields of research, art, and community service. She is able to draw out from young people the most amazing outcomes all while having great amounts of fun, inspiring each and every participant”.
of Northern Iowa Feminist Action League
- Business or Organization that Empowers Women
(Board members Jessica Garraway, Autumn Sempere, Nina Savage, Kristen McNutt, and Paige Hageman) The Feminist Action League (FAL) is a student organization at UNI that works to empower women and girls on campus and within the Cedar Valley by actively engaging in feminist praxis, activism, and programming. Their nominator stated, “FAL approaches the empowerment of women and girls by raising awareness about issues, both on campus and in the community, while simultaneously acknowledging how intersections of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality make each woman’s life experiences unique”.
A Big Thank You
We would like to thank our sponsors of this year’s Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon
Major Sponsor: KWWL-TV, The Mix 93.5, Patricia Park ~ In Loving Memory of Jean Parker
Partner Sponsors: BMC Aggregates, Community National Bank, CUNA Mutual Group, INVISION Architecture, Swisher and Cohrt, PLC, The Accel Group, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Yantis and Associates Financial Advisors
Contributors: Den Herder Veterinary Hospital, Enrhart and Associates, and Monica Haag/ Carney, Alexander, Marold and Co, LLP