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Women of Persimmon

Persimmon, the orange color YWCAs across the United States have chosen to symbolize the strength and confidence of women. We all know the extraordinary women in our lives and community.

Celebrating Women's Empowerment and Leadership

Join us for the annual Women of Persimmon event, a luncheon that recognizes women, businesses and organizations who exemplify the mission and vision of the YWCA to eliminate racism and empower women. Women and businesses/organizations will be recognized in the following categories:

  • Professional/Business Woman
  • Volunteer
  • Young Woman of Tomorrow (for ages 18-25)
  • Youth Advocate
  • Business/Organization that Empowers Women

More than a delicious meal and celebration of women, this luncheon also raises funds to support critical YWCA programs and services including:

  • Before and after-school childcare at Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Hudson schools
  • Character and self-esteem building programs for middle school girls
  • Parenting education and support for young parents
  • English language instruction classes for immigrants and refugees
  • Case management providing translation, interpretation, referrals and job assistance services for immigrant and refugee families
  • Health and wellness programming, classes, and activities, for youth and adults

Everyone is welcome to attend the YWCA’s Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon. Tickets are $50 per person, or you can purchase a half table of four for $160, or a full table of eight for $320. If you have received an invitation, please send your reply today. If you did not receive the mailing, invitations and RSVP response cards are available at the YWCA Front Desk or by contacting Madison Mason at [email protected].

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Nominations for the YWCA Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon Award

The YWCA Cedar Valley is seeking nominations for women and organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women. Nominate a woman or organization who you believe exemplifies the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Nominations are due by March 4, 2024. Download and fill out our nomination form by clicking the button below.

Download Nomination Form

Honor a Woman Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life

A Woman of Strength Tribute is made in honor or memory of an outstanding woman—friend, colleague, or family member—who played an important role in your life. Honor her with a Woman of Strength Tribute! Each woman receives a letter telling her of your special tribute along with a Woman of Strength bookmark.

Acknowledgment and bookmarks for memorial tributes may be sent to the woman’s family or friends, telling them you and the YWCA recognized her in this way. Tributes will be announced at the Women of Persimmon luncheon, so don’t forget to invite your “Woman of Strength” to the luncheon to celebrate! To submit your tribute, use the form included in the invitation.