Monday evening, March 2, the YWCA Leadership Circle met at Sapolil Cellars for an important announcement: This year’s featured YWCA luncheon speaker will be human rights activist Naomi Tutu.
As the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she is an instantly recognizable name for social justice and unity. Naomi Tutu has first-hand experience with systems of oppression from having grown up in apartheid South Africa, and she believes that the teaching and preaching of hate and division injure us all. The Pierce County YWCA said of the speaker’s visit to their event, “She filled everyone’s soul with hope.”
“We are very excited to be bringing Naomi Tutu to town. Our theme for 2015 is unity, and Naomi’s life has been dedicated to bringing people together across lines of difference,” said Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, YWCA Executive Director.
This is the 16th year for the YWCA luncheon. The first was held in 2000 at the Walla Walla Country Club. The guest speaker that year was the World YWCA President, Jane Lee Wolfe.
Tickets are available for the luncheon and are $50 per person. Proceeds from the May 6 luncheon support YWCA programs for women and children. If you are interested in attending, please contact the YWCA at 525-2570. For more information, click here.