September 10 marked YWCA’s first ever online Luncheon, gathering together community members from across our region and beyond. Thank you for joining us to celebrate Women Rising Boldly!

At our first ever online Luncheon, we raised over $677,000 to support YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish programs. 1,134 people registered for the live program which featured co-hosts Elisa Jaffe (KOMO) and Hollis Wong-Wear (musician & advocate) as well as keynote speaker, Valerie Jarrett (author & former White House Advisor).

The event also featured remarks from our CEO, Maria Chavez-Wilcox, in addition to videos showcasing YWCA’s locations and services, as well as a story from a former program participant.

YWCA CEO Maria Chavez-Wilcox at September 10 Luncheon

“Throughout this public health crisis, YWCA has continued delivering critical services of housing, economic advancement, health, and safety. We are wearing masks and keeping our distance, but our doors are still open.” – Maria Chavez-Wilcox, CEO of YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

“If we can invest in people of color and we can invest in women of color, we are investing in families, society, community, the world, countries.” –Melissa Strawn, former YWCA program participant and CEO of

This month kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness month, and YWCA’s national Week Without Violence campaign is October 18-24. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the events we are planning.

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Annalee Schafranek

Annalee Schafranek is the Marketing & Editorial Director at YWCA. She contributes agency news, press releases, and media coverage to the website. Annalee’s educational and professional experience has always focused on the place where gender equity and media meet.


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