Philanthropy Spotlight: December 2018

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Posted by Theresa Tanner on Dec. 18, 2018, midnight

Over 1,000 supporters attended the YWCA Spokane's 36th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon at The Davenport Grand on Thursday, Oct. 4. Sponsored by more than 50 companies and organizations each year, it is one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for local women.

Nine women were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the Spokane community. This year’s honorees were Sandra Olgard (Arts & Culture), Sharelynn Moore (Business & Industry), Sandy Williams (Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice), Sally Pritchard (Community Enhancement), Karen Winston (Community Enhancement), Lisa Taylor Laurier, EdD (Education), Lois James, PhD (Science, Technology & Environment), Rebecca Long (Young Woman) and Sister Celine Steinberger (Lifetime Achievement).

YWCA Spokane Women of Achievement Awards

The event also featured an address from Keynote Speaker Gloria Norris, a filmmaker and author whose true crime memoir “KooKooLand” was included on NPR's Great Reads of 2016.

The luncheon raised $315,000 to support benefit YWCA Spokane’s services for domestic violence survivors and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children.

Photo by James & Kathy Mangis Photography.