20th Annual YWCA Tribute To Women of Influence a Success

16 Sep

Last night we held our 20th Annual Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) awards event at Pack Place/Diana Wortham Theatre. The evening was a great success. Over 400 people gathered to celebrate the 2011 Honorees. The food at the reception was by Corner Kitchen. Entertainment was provided by the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and the Mason Ensemble. The emcee was Lisa Gatewood-McMillan. Remarks were also given by YW Executive Director Holly Jones and YW Board President Nancy Ackermann Cole. 2010 Honoree of the Year Kitty Schaller handed out the awards. The Lead Sponsor was First Citizens Bank. There is a list of 2011 TWIN sponsors on our website.

25 women/groups of women were honored in the categories of Equality, Empowerment and Transformation. Each of the honorees were featured on this blog in the weeks leading up to the event. You can also find a list of the 2011 Honorees here. Each category had an “Honoree of the Year.” The 2011 Honorees of the Year were Yaira Andrea Arias Soto, Women for Women: A Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of WNC, and Lisbeth Riis Cooper. They were presented with custom ceramic awards, created by artist Catharine Brown and underwritten by John Cram and Matt Chambers of New Morning/Bellagio Art to Wear (see photo). Videos by Bourne Media about each Honoree of the Year are posted below.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the YWCA’s programs aimed at bridging gaps in health care, child care, education and earning power.

Congratulations to all of the Honorees!

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