Hundreds of Genesee County women come together to support YWCA in empowering women

MUNDY TWP. — On Nov.16, 400 philanthropic-minded women from the Genesee County community will come together in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women at the 13th Annual Circle of Women luncheon.

The Circle of Women is an inspirational event that expands the circle of YWCA donors, demonstrates how the YWCA impacts lives, and develops women as philanthropists.

In addition to two women’s first-hand accounts of how they benefited from the YWCA’s services, the keynote speaker at this year’s Circle of Women is Beth Holloway, the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway. Beth’s quiet life changed quite dramatically in the summer of 2005 when her daughter Natalee disappeared on the last night of her senior high graduation trip to Aruba. This tragic story became the leading news mystery when it happened, and continues to make headlines today. Beth has appeared on every television network in the nation as well as on international TV and radio and in international newspapers, capturing the world’s attention as she searched for her daughter. Beth will deliver her message of hope, faith, and overcoming adversity in the face of tragedy.

All women are invited to join the YWCA from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre for the Circle of Women event for a minimum donation of $100.00.

This inspiring event raises much-needed funds to support the important programs and services of the YWCA, including SafeHouse, the only emergency shelter for domestic violence victims in Genesee County and Nina’s Place, a residential program for young women who have aged out of the foster care system. — G.G.

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