YWCA Cass Clay - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

Women of the Year

Monday, April 30, 2018 at Delta by Marriott
5:30 p.m. Social | 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

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Nominated by community members, thirty-seven women and one business will be honored at our 45th annual Women of the Year awards event! Selected by an independent panel of judges, we will announce and honor recipients at the 2018 Women of the Year awards event on April 30.

Congratulations to the 2017 Women of the Year!

Jan Eliassen, Advocating for Equality

Linda Boyd, Arts & Culture

Ellen Cooke, Business

Kristina Hein, Communications

Jodi Heilman, Community & Volunteer Service

Beth Ekre, Education

Sister Juli Caron, Faith Community

Michelle Gelinske, Health & Wellness

CoreLink Administrative Solutions, Leader in Women's  Empowerment

Sister Peggy Byrne, Lifetime Achievement (Florence Reed Owens)

Dr. Jane Schuh, Science & Technology

Lynna Ngo, Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow

Alaina Johnson, Youth Advocacy

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 14, 2019 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 18, 2018

YWCA thanks you, Very special giving hearts day supporters.

Because you gave on Giving Hearts Day, women and children will be safe. Support, resources, and encouragement will be provided. Live will be transformed.

Safety changes everything.

Thank you for choosing YWCA Cass Clay on Giving Hearts Day, and for making life-changing part of your life's work.

Thank you for Believing in Good. Thank you for Believing in Her.

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. If interested in volunteering for this event, please email volunteer@ywcacassclay.org.

Download 2017 Wish List

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!