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Women of Achievement Awards

YWCA is Set to Host 35th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, Virtually

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

The Women of Achievement Awards is YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s signature fundraising to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women and young leaders in the community. Since 1985, YWCA has honored over 400 women. The event raises key support for the YWCA’s advocacy programs and services, which promote racial justice and gender equity for thousands of women, children, and their families in southeastern North Carolina.

Throughout 2020, YWCA has kept its doors open, not only working on the frontlines to provide child care for essential working families, but to gather resources and funding to deliver meals and groceries to families in the Grandparent Support Network, and assist women and mothers who have faced job cut-backs, low-wages, or loss of housing in the New Choices Economic Empowerment and Early Parenthood Programs.

As the pandemic continues, we anticipate new challenges will arise as the situation has heightened existing inequalities in our community. YWCA’s mission and work has always focused on making sure that adequate resources and supports remain available, especially to our most vulnerable community members.

We cannot do this work alone. YWCA has felt the impact of the policies and regulations stemming from the pandemic. YWCA lost a significant source of funding with the cancellation of the 2020 Women of Achievement Awards, whose funds support our community outreach programs. However, YWCA is still here with the goal to ensure we can continue to deliver critical assistance and support to the community.

With the strength of people and power of community we can endure. Your sponsorship of the 35th annual Women of Achievement Awards will ensure YWCA continues to deliver life-changing services to those most in need.

Questions may be addressed to Grace D’Angelis (communications@ywca-lowercapefear.org), Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, at 910-799-6820.


Nominations for the 35th Annual Women of Achievements Awards have now closed.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Congratulations to the 2019 Women of Achievement Recipients!

2019 Women of Achievement Awards
Advocacy & Social Justice Award: Katrina Knight
Arts & Culture Award: Jacqueline Olive
Business Award: Christi Ferretti
Education Award: Sheri Shaw
Health & Wellness Award: Christy Spivey
Lifetime Achievement Award: Louise Coggins
Public Service Award: Cori Dixon
Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award: Sabra Wright
Student Impact Grant Recipient: Jessica Aguilar
Trailblazer Award: Marissa Bryant
Young Leader Scholarship Recipient: Sophie Farriss
Young Leader Scholarship Recipient: Janae Young

Congratulations to the 2019 Women of Achievement Nominees!

These 71 women were nominated by their mentors, peers, and colleagues for demonstrated excellence and commitment to their careers, schools, and communities. The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is proud to recognize the following women and young leaders for their remarkable achievements:

Jessica Aguilar
Maggi Apel & Vicky Janowski
Karen Barefoot
Amelia Batts
Jocelyn Beam
Anna Bradshaw
Bridget Brewster
Marissa Bryant
Rep. Deb Butler
Jenny Callison
Jessica Cannon
Lindsey Childs
Lydia Clopton
Louise Coggins
Alyssa Creech
Cori Dixon
Emily Dixon
Reilly Dumproff
Veronica Edge
Maggie Evans
Sophie Farriss
Elizabeth Felts
Christi Ferretti
Gina Fimbel
Samantha Fisher
Amy Gilman
Lauryn Gori
Cordelia Green
Claudia Gregory
Lara Hamlet
Alisa Harris
Adrienne Hayes-Singleton
Kathleen Holland
Krista Holland
Melodie Homer

Michaela Howells
Kristy Hubard
Ellison Hunter
Nancy King
Katrina Knight
Elizabeth Koonce
Stephanie Lanier
Summer McPherson
Lynn O’Connell
Jacqueline Olive
Mikala Parnell
Lori Poole
Tammy Proctor
Tammy Pruden
Audra Rackley
Jordyn Rascoe
Kathleen Rich
Dr. Donyell Roseboro
Sheri Shaw
Susan Sinclair
Kathryn Soderman
Eve Sparks
Christy Spivey
Andrea Stough
Summer Tanbouz
Lela Thompson
Yvetta Thompson
Amy Thornton & Pepper Capps Hill
Dr. Khadijia Tribie
Dr. Betsy Weinberg
Julie Wilsey
Veda Wilson
Sabra Wright
Janae Young

See the Full List of Past Winners!

Thank you to our 2019 Women of Achievement Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Katie & Bruce Hovermale

Wendy McElhinney & Michelle Clark

Chancellor's Office & Office of Community Engagement

Hempleton Investment Group / The Hemp Farmacy

Carol Kennedy

Wilmington Latin Dance

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John W. Davis Photography