Circle of Women Fundraiser

February 26, 2015, at Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center

Support the event as a volunteer. Learn more at our table captain information page.

Event Details 

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Exhibition Hall C at Alliant Energy Center
11:30 a.m.: Registration
12:00 p.m.: Program
  1:30 p.m.: Event concludes

Interested in attending the event? Contact Amanda Yu at 608.257.1436, option 2.

2014 Event Video

2014 Circle of Women Testimonial Speakers from YWCA Madison on Vimeo.

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.

2015 Table Captains

Valese Adams
Sara Alvarado
Elizabeth Barnhill
Linda Bergren
Dave Boyer
Lois Brick
Joanna Burish
Kim Burlage
Kimberly Carrigan
Amy Christianson
Kathy Cramer
Betsey Day
Joyce Dieter
Jan Dowden
Malika Evanco
Susan Foster
Shari Gasper
Roberta Gassman
Ann Haase Kehl
Betty Harris Custer
Amy Heidel
Melinda Heinritz
Alison Helland
Janice Hughes
Nicole Jenkins
Elizabeth Katt-Reinders
Jan Kittoe
Magda Kmiecik
Heidi Kobor
Zainabu Kooistra
Torrie Kopp Mueller
Rachel Krinsky
Barbara Larson
Sarah Lawton
Mary Lynch
Salli Martyniak
Mary Kay McCanna
L.D. Morris Law SC
Deb Neff
Sharon Neylon
Sona Olson
Jillana Peterson
Joan Philip
Elizabeth Prestine
Carol Prochaska
Octavia Ramsey
Susan Rather
Karyl Rice
Ruth Rohlich
Silvia Romero-Johnson
Ellen Rosner
Debra Schwabe
Christina Sheehan
Ally Spaight
Katie Stadler
Julia Stanley
Candace Stohs-Krause
Eileen Sutula
Jane Tereba
Teresita Torrence
Martha Vukelich-Austin
Cindy Witt
Lesley Wolf


The YWCA Madison held the first Circle of Women fundraiser in 2004. With great success, the event continues to grow. In 2014, over 850 people attended the 11th annual event and donated a record $230,000 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

Associate Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

 Associated Bank

First Business Bank

Honkamp Krueger

Physicians Plus + Meriter

Rhyme Business

Spherion Staffing Services


UW Health & Unity


Wegner CPA

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek


 Media Sponsors

Cap Times

La Movida

Magic 98


Table Sponsors

American Printing Company

Madonna Binkowski and Wall Family Enterprises

Karen Christianson

DMB Community Bank & Investment Center

Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin

Johnson Bank

Madison College

McGladrey LLP

Park Bank

Event Friends

Elite Clientele

MIG Commercial Real Estate