Fundraising & Awards

Throughout the year, YWCA hosts a variety of events designed to highlight our mission and raise funds for our programs. Review the below highlights to learn about the annual YWCA events throughout the year. You can also check out our event calendar to learn more about other smaller events.

February
Circle of Women - Celebrate the power of individual philanthropy at the Circle of Women. Guests hear from women who have changed their lives with support from YWCA McLean County and discover how their gift benefits women and their families in our community. The event was conceived as a way to encourage philanthropy among women and provide an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds.
 
Circle of Women is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about YWCA. Funds donated by guests at the event will support YWCA McLean County's programs. Because of our generous sponsors, each dollar raised goes directly to YWCA to support local programming.
 
May
Women of Distinction - Each year, YWCA McLean County recognizes women in our community in six different categories including arts & entertainment, business, education, professions, social service and volunteer service. These women stand as a reflection of YWCA’s historic mission and values. In addition to recognizing outstanding women, the event also raises money to support YWCA programming throughout the year through corporate sponsorships and event ticket sales.

November
Racial Justice Summit - Each year, YWCA McLean County hosts a racial justice summit that brings together community stakeholders to work on eliminating barriers that foster racism in our community. The summit focuses on institutional racism and involves nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, as well as local experts and advocates. Through an environment that encourages learning from and supporting each other in our common goals, the summit provides a platform for action planning and community dialogue.

Events Throughout the Year
YWCA McLean County also holds additional events throughout the year including Peace Camp, Week Without Violence, Women's Empowerment Parties, Money Smart Week and Take Back the Night.
 
Please refer to our event calendar for dates and times.