YWCA Madison

Circle of Women Fundraiser

February 23, 2017, at Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

2016 Event Video

About the Event

Celebrate the power of individual philanthropy at the Circle of Women fundraiser. Guests hear from women who have changed their lives with support from YWCA Madison and discover how their gift benefits women and their families in our community. The YWCA create this event to encourage philanthropy among women and provide an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Men are also welcome to attend.

Circle of Women is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to support YWCA programs and learn about their impact on the community and individual lives. Funds donated by guests at the event will support the YWCA Madison's race & gender equity; job training & transportation; and housing & shelter. Because of our generous sponsors, each dollar raised goes directly to the YWCA to support local programming.

2016 Table Captains

Sadat Abiri
Adorable IO
Sara Alvarado
Marcia Anderson
Julia Arata-Fratta
Elizabeth Barnhill
Donna Beestman
Linda Bergren
Lois Brick
Kim Burlage
Jennifer Cheatham
Elizabeth Churchill
Erica Colmenares
Kathy Cramer
Elizabeth Day
Joyce Dieter
Jan Dowden
Anya Firszt
Caroline Garber
Shari Gasper
Jeanne Grist
Deirdre Hargrove-Krieghoff
Betty Harris Custer
Amy Heidel
Carlyn Hensen
Jacquelyn Hunt
Michael Johnson
Nyra Jordan
Elizabeth Katt-Reinders
Jan Kittoe


Torrie Kopp Mueller
Rachel Krinsky
Margaret Leitinger
Shannon Luehmann
Salli Martyniak
Mary Kay McCanna
Dawn Mortimer
Sharon Neylon
Beth Norman
Jessica Palmer
Elizabeth Prestine
Susan Rather
Deb Raupp
Kerry Rickert
Ruth Rohlich
Ellen Rosner
Christina Sheehan
Adrienne Smolinski
Alexandra Spaight
Pamela Stampen
Kristie Stonebrook
Eileen Sutula
Michael Swift
Jane Tereba
Teresita Torrence
Martha Vukelich-Austin
Ann Wenzel
Jill Wipfli
Cindy Witt
Dora Zúñiga


The YWCA Madison held the first Circle of Women fundraiser in 2004. With great success, the event continues to grow. In 2015, over 800 people attended the 12th annual event and donated a record $270,000 for YWCA programs and services.

Here is what some of last year's guests said about the event:

  • “I’ve attended Circle of Women for several years and each time, I leave being so impressed and uplifted by the testimonials—the women the YWCA has helped are amazing as is the help that you provide.”
  • “Love this program and always come away so inspired by the women who are brave enough to share their stories with such a large group.Thank you for all you do for the community.”
  • “I did not realize the huge amount of support for women and their families in the community. I had assumed it was just housing support.”
  • “YWCA does great work in empowering women... by giving them confidence in themselves.”

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  • Event Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor

    CUNA logo

    Leadership Sponsor

    National Guardian Life Insurance Company

    Supporting Sponsors

     Flexion Honkamp Krueger

    Park Bank

    Rhyme Business

    Spherion Staffing Services

    UnityPoint Health-Meriter

    UW Health & Unity

    Wegner CPA

    Table Sponsors

    American Printing Company
    DMB Community Bank
    First Business Bank

    Media Sponsors

    Cap Times

    La Movida

    Magic 98