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YWCA Speakeasy for a Cause 


The YWCA of Black Hawk County held their fall fundraiser, “Speakeasy for a Cause” on October 26, in the NCC Pavillion at the National Cattle Congress grounds.  Many attendees wore period attire for this “party with a purpose” which featured prohibition-era fun, speakeasy type hors d’oeuvres and games, a “Greatest Gatsby” costume and dance contest, and much more! Hosted by the dapper Chris Carter, 100% of the proceeds will benefit the programs and families at the YWCA of Black Hawk County.  












Special thanks to our "The Bees Knees" Sponsors: Isle Casino Hotel; Montage and Brown Bottle Restaurants; University of Northern Iowa; and Viking Pump and our Media Sponsor, 93.5 The Mix.


A big thank you to our event volunteers:

The YWCA Friends Board, this is their event and they worked alongside YWCA staff to make this not only a fun and engaging evening for you all, but also a lucrative fundraiser to support programs and services provided at the YWCA.

Robbie Fye Leach and Connie Cizek of Petal Pushers for the speakeasy ambiance

Laurie Thoma for the use of her vintage items

Hilda and Steve Ostby for dance lessons

Gyobanna and Alayna for hair styling

Karen Beltran for make up

Gabriel Forero for viola music

Our hostesses – Alba Aguillon and Alejandra Caro – who walked about selling corsages, boutonnières, hair pieces and candy

Volunteers from The Isle Casino Hotel who operated the gaming tables

Arnold Cornelius and his 1929 Model A Ford which was parked at the front door

And YWCA staff for assisting with the evenings activities


Thank you everyone who supported, volunteered, sponsored, or attended our "Speakeasy for a Cause".  Because of you, the event was not only fun, but a success.



Save the Date for Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon 2019

April 9, 2019

Look for information about nominating an
exceptional woman for recognition.
Nomination packets will be available soon.






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