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Thank You for Celebrating 25 Years of Circle of Women

By YWCA Minneapolis
May 24, 2021
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In 1997, the first Circle of Women fundraiser gathered 500 women to celebrate their power and to develop women as philanthropists in the community. This year, we celebrated 25 years of this event, the lives changed and the progress made over the decades with the support of Circle of Women attendees.

For this special anniversary event, we were delighted to have news anchor Gia Vang emcee the event with an enlightening keynote address by Kishshana Palmer, discussing how we’ve changed during the pandemic and how we can move forward together.

Watch the Keynote:

We were honored to present our fourth annual Woman of Power award to Maria Regan Gonzalez, a Minnesota leader who embodies the values and mission of YWCA Minneapolis through her extraordinary commitment to social and racial equity, dignity, justice and peace.

Watch Maria Regan Gonzalez’s Acceptance Speech:

One of the standout moments of the evening was hearing the voices of past Circle of Women speakers. Watch the video below to see what 25 years of making a difference looks like and read 25 of our stories here.

Watch the 25 Stories Recap:

Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped make the 25th anniversary Circle of Women event a success! Our community came together and raised nearly $300,000 to advance the mission and life-changing programs of YWCA Minneapolis.

We thank all our sponsors, hosts and attendees for contributing to this incredible event. Together, we are creating brighter futures.

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