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Thank you to everyone who attended and sponsored the YWCA’s 8th Annual Engaging Communities Luncheon.  It was another sold out event, and everyone enjoyed the new venue of Blue Ocean Music Hall overlooking the surf at Salisbury Beach.  Thank you to our fabulously funny speaker Gina Barreca, Honorary Chair Jacalyn Bennett, and Community Champions Girls Forward – you all provided meaningful context to our topic of empowering women, and inspired us to recognize and honor empowerment in ourselves and others. Please stay tuned to this page for next year’s event – until then, enjoy the pictures from this year’s program.

8th Annual YWCA Engaging Communities Luncheon – April 5, 2017

The YWCA Greater Newburyport invites you to celebrate the YWCA’s history of empowering women, to take a closer look at what empowerment means to today’s women, and to examine how women’s empowerment holds the key to a better world for all of us.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
11:30 am Registration
12:00-1:30pm – Luncheon and Program

Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury

Guest Speaker:  Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca

Renowned author, humorist, speaker, and professor of English and Feminist Theory Dr. Gina Barreca, is a compelling storyteller with a penchant for crystallizing framing women’s experiences in a way that’s both funny and deeply meaningful.   
Through her writing and appearances on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah Dr. Barreca shows us that humor has the power to engage and unite us on the issue of women’s empowerment. Click here to learn more about our speaker Gina Barreca.

Honorary Chairperson: Jacalyn Bennett
Principal Owner and CEO, Bennett & Company

Jacalyn Bennett

Bennett And Company

YWCA 2017 Community Champions:

Girls Forward – Newburyport High School
Advisor Kathleen Michko.  Founder, Annaliese Keller, and members Joy Zaniboni, Charlotte Graf, Lily Riley, Nell Franchek, Margaret Dener, Madeleine Clement, Kayla Abrams-Mahoney, Katerina Connor, Julia Tiernan, Maddie Green, Alison Peterson, Elisa Kennedy, Jackson Kealey, Hannah Durkee

Since 1883 YWCA Greater Newburyport has created opportunities for the community to bring about long-lasting social change. Please help us continue that mission by supporting the Engaging Communities Luncheon – our sole fundraising event. All proceeds enable us to provide a wide range of essential programs to the community including:

  • Reduced-fee childcare for disadvantaged families
  • Affordable housing for low income individuals and families
  • Free swim lessons for children enrolled in Head Start programs in Newburyport,
  • Free wellness programs for low income seniors and residents.
  • Continued access to the YWCA Encore program for women with breast cancer

The YWCA thanks the following head sponsors for their support of the 8th Annual Engaging Communities Luncheon:

Presenting Sponsor

Empowerment Sponsors

Mission Sponsors

Eastern Bank

Kim Williams & Trevor Miller

Element Care

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