33rd Annual Women of Achievement Awards

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards, presented by James E. Moore Insurance Agency, recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young leaders. Since 1985, we have honored more than 400 Women of Achievement. The event raises key support for the YWCA’s programs and services that promote racial justice and gender equality for thousands of women and their families in southeastern North Carolina.

The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards recognizes women and young leaders active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Nomination categories include Arts, Business, Education, Environmental, Health and Wellness, Lifetime Achievement, Public Service, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero, Social Justice & Community Empowerment, Trailblazer, Volunteer, and Young Leader. Three Young Leader award recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education after high school.



YWCA Lower Cape Fear is pleased to announce the nominees for the 33rd Annual Women of Achievement Awards.
Adult nominees include Gabrielle Allen-Destroismaisons, Kimberly Bankston, Sonali Batish, Rhonda Bullard-Dutton, Marian Careatti, Rebecca Clark, Pat Dagnon, Samantha Daniel, Heather Davis, Emily Donovan, Michelle Fogle, Griselda Garcia, Ashanti Gibbs, Lauren Henderson, Olivia Herndon, Mary Konicki, Jennifer Kraner, Kelly Marquis Merritt, Shirley Mikulas, Bonnie Monteleone, Jennifer Robbins, Dana Sargent, Megan Schlude, Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, Aneita Sinclair, Becca Tagg, Laurie Taylor, Jennifer Turnage, Robin Wicks Robinson, and Lydia Wood.
Young Leader nominees include Allison Cummings, Brianna Cunliffe, McKayla Howell, Mary Grayson Koonce, Angel Malott, Trinity Murray, Julia Nasco, Kiara Robinson, and Wallace Robinson.


Ticket deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tickets are available online, in person at the YWCA front desk, or by phone at 910-799-6820. Early bird tickets are available at $65 per person through January 31 through the YWCA or online with discount code "earlybird" at checkout. Tickets will be $75 per person from February 1 to the ticket deadline of February 22.

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If you wish to purchase a table, please contact YWCA Lower Cape Fear Communications Manager, Lauren McConville, at 910-799-6820, extension 127 or email communications@ywca-lowercapefear.org for details.


Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for the 33rd annual Women of Achievement Awards. If you or your organization is interested in supporting the Awards this year, please contact us!

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2017 Women of Achievement Awards Highlights


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On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the YWCA was honored to again celebrate women who have made an invaluable impact on the Lower Cape Fear region through their accomplishments and leadership.
Fifty-six nominees demonstrated excellence and commitment in their careers, schools and communities. Adult recipients and their respective categories are: Janna Siegel Robertson, Arts Award; Amy Wright, Business Award; Velva Jenkins, Education Award; Dru Harrison, Environmental Award; Charmaine Lewis, Health and Wellness Award; Linda Rawley Thompson, Public Service Award; Paula Kohut, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award; Celine Adair, Social Justice Award and Charlotte Kelly, Volunteer Award. Young Leader recipients and their respective schools are: Autumn James, New Hanover High School; Megan Haase, Isaac Bear Early College; and Mina Yakubu, New Hanover High School. Each Young Leader recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding efforts in academics and volunteerism.The support of the following generous sponsors made this event possible: Presenting Sponsor: James E Moore Insurance Agency, Inc.; Young Leader Scholarship Sponsors: Coastal Women Attorneys, Katie and Bruce Hovermale, and Women of Achievement Alumnae; Award Sponsors: Carolina Swim , the Friends and Family of Rachel Freeman, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, North State Bank, UNCW (CHHS-SHAHS), Wells Fargo, and Wendy McElhinney and Michelle Clark of Intracoastal Realty; Table Sponsors: International Paper, Magellan-IMR Research Group, YWCA Board of Directors, UNCW Chancellor’s Office, UNCW Rotaract Club, and Welcome Service, LLC; Media Sponsors: Encore, Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WILMA Magazine, Sunrise Broadcasting, WECT, and WHQR 91.3 and 92.7 Public Radio; Friends: Bearman CPA, ECS Southeast, LLP, Ken and Antionette Radcliffe, and NHRMC Auxiliary ; In-Kind Sponsors: Alison McNeir of Quinn-McGowen Wilmington Chapel, John. W Davis Photography, and Chef Scott of Wilmington Convention Center.