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Published April 22, 2014, 08:30 AM

YWCA honors 'Women of the Year' award winners

FARGO – More than 600 guests gathered at the YWCA’s 41st Women of the Year event to celebrate what YWCA Executive Director Erin Prochnow called “tremendous” impact made by women in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – More than 600 guests gathered at the YWCA’s 41st Women of the Year event to celebrate what YWCA Executive Director Erin Prochnow called “tremendous” impact made by women in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The Great Hall at the Holiday in of Fargo buzzed with conversation as attendees mingled, sipped wine and enjoyed dinner and desserts to celebrate one another’s efforts and accomplishments.

The annual event, which is YWCA of Cass Clay’s largest fundraiser of the year, honors 11 women and one business from the area with the Woman of the Year award.

“Part of our mission at the YWCA is to empower women,” Prochnow said. “I can’t think of a better way to empower women but to recognize them for their accomplishments, their passion, their service and their inspiration. It truly is incredible.”

Women of the Year awards honored women’s accomplishments in categories such as advocating for art and communications, advocating for equality, and education.

Twenty-four women agreed to be nominated by their friends and colleagues, who then filled out an application and collected two reference letters.

An anonymous and independent panel of specialists from each category then reviewed the applications to select award recipients.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize women in our community in all different areas,” said Pat Olson, who attended the event with her colleagues from the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.

Along with the awards ceremony, there was a wine raffle.

All proceeds from the event benefit the YWCA of Cass Clay, which helps women and children who face abuse, homelessness and emergency situations.

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