Recognizing and Celebrating Leaders Across our Community at the St. Joseph Civic Arena

For the past 15 years, the start of summer has brought hundreds of community leaders, volunteers and members of the business community together to celebrate the accomplishments of women in numerous roles. The 2018 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon was Thursday, June 21, at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph.

At this year’s luncheon, over 1,000 guests were in attendance as we honored outstanding women and employers. We not only recognize and celebrate leadership at the event, but we honor the role all of us play in creating a community of vision, hope and strength.

The 2018 speaker was Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD, St. Joseph Native and 1996 Central High School graduate, who overcame incredible odds to become a board-certified dermatologist with specialty in oncology/surgery.  (Read more in sidebar).

 

Cupcake Raffle: Did You Get a Cupcake?
One exciting highlight of the Women of Excellence event in 2018 was the cupcake table! Attendees  at the 2018 Women of Excellence could purchase a $5 cupcake for a chance to win a beautiful $1,500 diamond necklace from Kristen’s Coin & Jewelry. Thank you, Kristen!

 

 


Steve’s Challenge
Steve’s Challenge is a much-anticipated element of the Women of Excellence event each year. It’s a chance for attendees to place a bid by cash, check, or pledge in their table’s persimmon envelope. At each table, one lucky person was drawn from the persimmon envelope and won the centerpiece. In addition, one table won a special prize for their combined contributions to Steve’s Challenge. It’s a great way to support the mission of the YWCA!

Did you know? Steve Craig matched the monies raised dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000. Imagine what that means for the women and children served by the YWCA!

About Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer:  

The 2018 speaker was Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD, St. Joseph Native and 1996 Central High School graduate, who overcame incredible odds to become a board-certified dermatologist with a specialty in oncology/surgery. Kelly will share her inspirational story of persistence and triumph over multiple personal challenges in her educational/professional journey. Her story is sure to motivate and encourage!