YWCA of Warren to mark 100th with dinner, book

YWCA Warren’s Centennial Celebration Steering Committee, consisting of YWCA staff, board members, and volunteers, will mark the organization’s 100th anniversary with events and projects that highlight the organization’s roots in the community.

A traditional annual meeting will be held in May. A Centennial Celebration will occur at Packard Music Hall in October and a commemorative book is also planned.

“It is truly remarkable to look back over the decades and see how much has changed, but we’ve always remained true to our mission of empowering women,” said Kenya Roberts-Howard, executive director.

The annual meeting will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at the YWCA. A Throwback Thursday-themed dinner will feature reflections from longtime YWCA associates, a reading of historical notes, and an update on current programs. New board members will be inducted and former members will be honored.

A Centennial Celebration dinner will occur at Packard on Oct. 20. The event will feature keynote speaker Linda Kanney, a founding member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, an advocacy and social-action organization. Past YWCA board presidents and executive directors will be honored.

The YWCA also will produce a commemorative book honoring women and women’s organizations. It seeks to raise funds for YWCA programs and activities.

YWCA Warren offers permanent supportive housing, before- and after-school enrichment programs, a summer camp, leadership and empowerment programs for girls, and racial justice programming.

For information on the YWCA of Warren, visit http://www.ywcaofwarren.org.

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