YWCA Cass Clay - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

Women of the Year

Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Delta by Marriott (formerly Ramada Plaza & Suites)
5:30 p.m. Social | 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

Twenty-eight fascinating women and five businesses were honored at our 44th annual Women of the Year awards event! 

With a record-breaking crowd of over 800 guests, the evening culminated in the announcement of the 2017 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in thirteen categories:

Congratulations to the 2017 Women of the Year!

Jan Eliassen, Director, Gladys Ray Shelter 

Advocating for Equality Category Recipient

Linda Boyd, Executive Director, FM Symphony Orchestra
Arts & Culture Category Recipient

Ellen Cooke, VP of Operations, Sanford Health
Business Category Recipient

Kristina Hein, Marketing and Brand Management Director, United Way of Cass Clay
Communications Category Recipient

Jodi Heilman, Owner, Coach My Brand
Community & Volunteer Service Category Recipient

Beth Ekre, Teacher, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
Education Category Recipient

Sister Juli Caron, Chaplain, Sanford Health
Faith Community Category Recipient

Michelle Gelinske, Tremble Clefts Choir Director, HeartSprings Community Healing Center
Health & Wellness Category Recipient

CoreLink Administrative Solutions
Leader in Women's Empowerment Category Recipient

Dr. Jane Schuh, Professor of Immunology, NDSU
Science & Technology Category Recipient

Lynna Ngo, Senior, Fargo South High School
Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow Category Recipient

Alaina Johnson, Behavior Interventionist, Fargo Public Schools
Youth Advocacy Category Recipient

Sister Peggy Byrne, Retired
Lifetime Achievement Category Recipient

From 1973 to 2017, YWCA has paid tribute to 509 outstanding Women of the Year honorees whose lives, talents and passions have made a meaningful difference. Click here to view a full list of YWCA Women of the Year award recipients.

Chocolate Fantasy




Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Delta by Marriott

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This fun and delicious event features chocolate desserts and delectable treats donated by area restaurants, bakeries, and individuals. Learn more about YWCA while you enjoy tasty treats, bid on unique silent auction items, listen to live music, and try your chance at winning raffle prizes.

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Champions of Empowerment

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Delta by Marriott
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Our Champions of Empowerment: Celebration Luncheon is a time for us to provide an update on how YWCA has helped women change the course of their lives, while honoring our partners and supporters. We recognize our outstanding donors and volunteers, invite a YWCA program participant to share her story of triumph, and present our Friends Awards to supporters who went above and beyond during the past year.

Giving Hearts Day

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thank you, very special Giving Hearts Day supporters. Your selfless generosity to YWCA provides life-changing safety for women and children. Thanks to you, our voice has never been stronger, our vision never clearer.

Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundations have elevated the power of giving and inspired so many. Giving Hearts Day ensures nonprofits all over the region can fulfill many important missions. You are truly charity champions!

Share our gratitude, feel our thanks.

Altrusa Baby Shower

Friday, October 27, 5-9 PM - Saturday, October 28, 9 AM - 3 PM

Kmart | 2301 S University Drive | Fargo

Hosted by service club Altrusa International of Fargo, this annual event provides a fun and easy opportunity to support the mothers and young children who reside at the YWCA Emergency Shelter. For two days in October, the community is invited to donate new or gently used items for babies, young children, and new moms at the local Kmart.

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2017 Baby Shower Wish List

  • 9V, AAA and AA batteries
  • baby bath tubs/bathers
  • baby lotion
  • baby monitors
  • baby powder
  • baby swing/glider/bouncers
  • baby wash
  • baby/toddler floor toys
  • books
  • bottle cleaners
  • boys/girls pull ups - all sizes
  • car seats
  • diaper bags
  • diaper rash cream
  • double strollers
  • gift cards
  • infant/toddler easy-dissolving snacks
  • infant/toddler socks
  • pack & plays
  • portable bassinets
  • pregnancy pillows
  • purified water
  • safety swabs
  • single strollers
  • sleep safety equipment
  • spill proof sippy cups with screw on lids
  • teething gel and teething toys
  • toddler plates, bowl, and silverware (reusable)
  • umbrella strollers
  • wipes (individually wrapped)

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Unique Boutique

At our Unique Boutique event in December, the YWCA is transformed into a holiday store where families utilizing our services are able to shop for presents for their immediate family members at no cost. Mothers lovingly search for gifts on their children’s wish lists while children excitedly race to find the perfect gift for mom – and keep it a secret! This magical event features various gifts to choose from, all generously donated from individuals, organizations, groups, clubs, and churches.

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Winter Wonderland Party

At this December event, women and children staying with us at the Shelter or in the Supportive Housing program are invited to attend a festive night of holiday fun. Women enjoyed a delicious meal while children engage in fun activities in the community.

The final surprise of the evening includes a visit from very special guests, who arrive in a sleigh with personalized gifts for each child. To say the night is magical is an understatement – we are truly thankful for the generosity of our staff, volunteers, and all who make it possible!