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Thanks to our sponsors and attendees the 11th Annual Women of Persimmon Luncheon a huge success


The YWCA was honored to have more than 275 supporters and friends attend their 11th Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon to recognize and celebrate women and organizations empowering women in the community. Held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls, the award celebration highlighted women, businesses and organizations who exemplify the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women and who, through their sacrifice find another word and efforts, have made an invaluable impact in the Cedar Valley community.


Selena Culp and Savanah Grugal, moved the audience with their personal stories of growth, life changes, triumph and inspiration because of their involvement  with the YWCA.  As the emcee, Amanda Goodman of KWWL, was everything from hilarious to heartwarming, as she lauded the winners for their phenomenal accomplishments as not only women, but champions of the community.  


A special note of appreciation goes to Frank Darrah for photography, Robbie Fye Leach, Connie Cizek of Petal Pushers Designs and Lady Bugs Event Planning for creating the perfect 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:

2017 Women of Persimmon Professional Woman - Emily Girsch

2017 Women of Persimmon Volunteer - Endya Johnson

2017 Women of Persimmon Young Woman of Tomorrow - Vanessa McNeal

2017 Women of Persimmon Youth Advocate - Laticia Aossey

2017 Women of Persimmon Organization that Empowers Women - Try Pie

2017 Jean Parker YWCA Woman of Persimmon - Sue Doody


Thank you to all of the 2017 Women of Persimmon event sponsors:

Media sponsors: KWWL-TV and The Mix 93.5

Friend Sponsors: CUNA Mutual Group, Lincoln Savings Bank and Veridian Credit Union

Partner Sponsors: Allen College – UnityPoint Health; Community Bank & Trust; Conagra Brands; Essentially Women, a division of VGM Group, Inc.; First Community Trust; Hawkeye Community College; INVISION Architecture; Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo; Swisher and Cohrt PLC; The Accel Group; The Samuels Group; Tyson Fresh Meats & UFCW Local 431, University of Iowa Community Credit Union; Van Meter; Warren Transport and Yantis & Associates Financial Advisors. 


For additional information, please contact Joy Briscoe, Marketing & Development Director at 234-7589 or visit www.ywcabhc.org.                                






















                                                 Women of Persimmon Award Recipients - Front Row: Laticia Aossey, Sarah Turner of Try Pie, Endya Johnson

                                                                                  Back Row: Sue Doody, Vanessa McNeal, Emily Girsch, Megan Tensen of Try Pie





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