YWCA Luncheon

Paola Gianturco inspired Walla Walla crowd at Leadership Luncheon

Wednesday, May 2, YWCA Walla Walla had the pleasure of hosting Paola Gianturco, our keynote speaker at the YWCA Leadership Luncheon. The theme of the 2018 event? FEARLESS.  Paola recently published Wonder Girls: Changing Our World in collaboration with her 11-year-old granddaughter Alex Sangster. The pair documented the work of 15 girl-led nonprofit groups in … Continue reading Paola Gianturco inspired Walla Walla crowd at Leadership Luncheon


International photojournalist coming to Walla Walla

YWCA Walla Walla is excited to announce that Paola Gianturco will be the keynote speaker at the YWCA Leadership Luncheon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets, $50 per guest, are available from the YWCA office or from one of our Table Captains. Paola … Continue reading International photojournalist coming to Walla Walla


Claire Coryell Siegel named 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction

Claire Siegel (right) has cochaired the six most recent YWCA Luncheons with Wendy Cheng (left). At the YWCA Luncheon May 3, 2014 award-winner Karen Bayne presented the 2017 Leader of Distinction Award to longtime educator and YWCA supporter Claire Siegel. Claire Coryell is the third student from the end, top right.   Claire’s work for the … Continue reading Claire Coryell Siegel named 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction


YWCA Luncheon speaker inspires sold-out crowd

  The 2017 YWCA Luncheon celebrated our 100th year in Walla Walla! Because the luncheon celebrated our 100th birthday, Sydney Bridgeland led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday, YWCA,” and dessert was birthday cupcakes. With 450 guests squeezed into the Marcus Whitman Ballroom, Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin and Board President Rhonda Olson recapped the YWCA history and mission, … Continue reading YWCA Luncheon speaker inspires sold-out crowd


Historian Mary Meeker honored for leadership

Each year the YWCA recognizes an individual who has not only made a difference in our community but also has upheld our mission in life and work. Because  the recipient wasn’t able to be with us at the Luncheon, Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin swore the crowd to secrecy, asking them to consider this surprise … Continue reading Historian Mary Meeker honored for leadership


2016 luncheon with Mona Locke a great success

It is a joy to report that net funds raised by the 2017 YWCA Luncheon came to a record-breaking $117,264 (with donations continuing to arrive through May). The event began with Father Steve Woolley helping us all to center our thoughts on the mission, and the hour unfolded with a recognition of sponsors, celebration of … Continue reading 2016 luncheon with Mona Locke a great success


Carroll Adams honored at YWCA luncheon as a champion for women

When Carroll Adams arrived at the 2015 YWCA luncheon, he had no idea that he’d be taking home this year’s Leader of Distinction award. “Carroll and his wife, Helen, were at my table, and it was so much fun watching his face as he realized that we were talking about him,” said Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, … Continue reading Carroll Adams honored at YWCA luncheon as a champion for women


Get your tickets for the May 6 YWCA Luncheon

Please join us for the YWCA of Walla Walla’s 2015 YWCA Luncheon. We’re excited about this year’s keynote speaker, Naomi Tutu! Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 12 o’clock at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center Luncheon tickets are now available, at $50 per person. To reserve yours, call (509) 525-2570 or contact one of our Table Captains. … Continue reading Get your tickets for the May 6 YWCA Luncheon