July 24, 2014 – The YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host the 7th annual YWomen Leadership Awards on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston. The celebration will honor three women and an organization in the Evanston/North Shore communities who support and promote women’s leadership and the impact women have in our community.

This year, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore will honor Mary Morten, Gail Vierneisel and Kourtney Cockerell for their leadership in the areas of racial justice and women’s empowerment. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, who is partnering with the YWCA to bring the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? to the area, is also being honored for its 30 years of work focusing on combating hate and fostering social awareness through its programs and student engagement.

“We’re so proud to host the YWomen Leadership Awards for the seventh year”, said Karen Singer, YWCA Evanston/North Shore President and CEO. “It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate local women activists who are working to bring about positive change in our society.”

Save the date! The 2014 YWomen Leadership Awards will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston. Tickets begin at $150/person, $1,500/table. For more information, please contact Special Events Manager Trimmy Stamell at 847-864-8445, ext. 121, tstamell@ywcae-ns.org.

About the YWCA Evanston/North Shore:

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. As the largest provider of domestic violence services on the North Shore, we offer comprehensive services to women fleeing abuse. From emergency shelter to counseling, money management and court advocacy, we help women get safe, stay safe and heal. We encourage women’s self-sufficiency and leadership through financial literacy and other women’s empowerment initiatives. We involve thousands of people in our mission to eliminate racism and intolerance by hosting the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, and we foster opportunities to engage the community in dialogue and action around issues of race and racism. Flying Fish Aquatics supports our mission by teaching all children to be safe in the water, in an environment that fosters self-confidence, and respect. Learn more about the YWCA at ywca.org/evanston.