25th Leadership Luncheon celebrated hope

Mary Lynne and Linda stand by a display of orange, silver, and white balloons with a large lighted numeral 25.
Guests captured luncheon memories by the 25th anniversary lobby display.

YWCA Walla Walla was honored to have a wonderful speaker at the 2024 luncheon, the leader of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 17 years and the current strategic advisor, Nan Stoops.

She shared stories from her work with domestic violence survivors. While many might consider that work discouraging, Nan approaches it with the hope of a baseball fan whose team rarely wins, and the resilience of a dandelion, that bright splash of yellow that gardeners find all but impossible to destroy.

Her message of hope stirred record-setting giving and positions YWCA Walla Walla to bring hope to women and families experiencing abuse and violence.

Luncheon sponsors

Anonymous, Banner Bank, Coffey Communications,
Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and the YWCA Leadership Circle

Whitman College

McDonald Zaring Insurance and Eastgate Lions Club

In addition, goods and services were provided by Lane Printing & Design, Seven Hills Winery, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, and Marcus Whitman Hotel.

PHOTO CREDIT: Center for Humanitarian Engagement

Suzanne talks animatedly with her table guests. In the background, board president Becky steps up to the podium.
Table captains like Suzanne gathered friends and
YWCA supporters who made the luncheon such a success.