YWCA Cass Clay - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

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 from Cass and Clay counties were honored at our 45th annual Women of the Year awards event! Selected by an independent panel of judges, the lives, talents, and passions of these nominees shape our community. With a crowd of over 750 guests, the evening culminated in the announcement of the 2018 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in 12 categories.


Congratulations to the 2018 Women of the Year!

Whitney Fear, Advocating for Equality

Chelsey Ewen, Arts && Culture

Tamara Anderson, Business

Sandra Buchholz, Community & Volunteer Service

Mary Ann Donnay, Education

Major Elaine Medlock, Faith Community

Dr. Stacey Benson, Health & Wellness

United Way 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program, Leader in Women's Empowerment

Jan Adair, Lifetime Achievement (Florence Reed Owens)

Bethlehem Gronneberg, Science & Technology

Nidhi Mahale, Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow

Lorrie Thoemke,Youth Advocacy


From 1973 to 2017, YWCA has paid tribute to 521 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.