It was a special event this year as the organzation also celebrated its 125th anniversary.
More than 1,000 women and men filled downtown St. Joseph's Civic Arena for the Women of Excellence lunchoeon. The event recognizes women in the workforce, volunteerism and even future leaders of the community.
The St. Joseph School District's outgoing superintendent, Dr. Melody Smith, won the award for Woman in the Workplace.
"The kind of energy that was in the room today, I think we were celebrating more than just excellence," she said. "I think we were celebrating everything this community does for each other."
Other winners include:
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Karen Graves and Carlene Makawski
Employer of Excellence: St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity
Woman in Support Services: Nancy Joe, Commerce Bank
Woman in Volunteerism: Loes Hedge
Emerging Leader: Kappy Hodges
Future Leader: Brooke Ward, Lafayette High School
As part of the YWCA's birthday celebration, the organization also surprised the other future leader nominees with a scholarship as well.
The event generated more than $34,000, but matching funds took the total to $70,000.
Aside from a record number for fundraising, the Women of Excellence event brought a record attendance this year and the largest number of women recognized.
EXTRA: Click here to see birthday greetings for the YWCA from community leaders.
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