2011 TWIN Honoree Spotlight

3 Sep

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 15th event, we will highlight each of our 25 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or would like to reserve a ticket, please visitwww.ywcaofasheville.org.

Leigh Pettus, MANNA FoodBank

It took vision to imagine how a fledging warehouse operation could make a difference, but Leigh knew there was massive hunger in the mountains.  As the Director of Programs and Agency Services at MANNA FoodBank, Leigh has built coalitions involving many people in the work of understanding and acting against hunger in WNC. Her ability to empower partners is extraordinary. Leigh can find an area of agreement with virtually anyone and build upon it until a synergy results and leads to action. Along with Executive Director Toby Ives, Leigh began to grow the program, offering food and other assistance to groups like food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in the 16 WNC counties.   There are now 255 MANNA agencies – each one cultivated by Leigh and her staff.

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