Circle of Women

11th annual fundraiser: February 20, 2014, at Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center

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

Thank you to our 2014 table captains! View the list below.

Interested in attending? Contact Kristy Lust at 608.257.1436, option 2.

2013 Event Video

2013 YWCA 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. Thanks to more than 800 attendees and support from sponsors, the 2013 Circle of Women Fundraiser on February 21 raised over $150,000, a $25,000 increase over the 2012 event.

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 programs for affordable housing, employment and training, racial and restorative justice, affordable transportation, and after-school enrichment for young girls. Because of our generous sponsors, each dollar raised goes directly to the YWCA to support local programming.

2014 Table Captains

Sara Alvarado
Elizabeth Barnhill
Carousel Bayrd
Donna Beestman
Linda Bochert
Lois Brick
Kim Burlage
Colleen Butler
Amy Christianson
Karen Christianson
Jennifer Coleman Conlin
Kathy Cramer
Beth Curley
Elizabeth Day
Joyce Dieter
Sandra Docter
Cathy Durham
Barb Finley
Roberta Gassman
Ann Haase Kehl
Betty Harris Custer
Amy Heidel
Jane Heymann
Tina Holmes
Jacquelyn Hunt
Elizabeth Katt-Reinders
Rachel Krinsky
Margaret Leitinger
Elaine Lohr

Kristy Lust
Salli Martyniak
Mary Kay McCanna
Erica Nelson
Sharon Neylon
Beth Norman
Jessica Palmer
Laura Peck
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Karyl Rice
Kerry Rickert
Ruth Rohlich
Ellen Rosner
Debra Schwabe
Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Christina Sheehan
Joe Shumow
Kate Speer-Ely
Katherine Stadler
Julia Stanley
Wayne Strong
Eileen Sutula
Jane Tereba
Kelly Thompson
Teresita Torrence
Martha Vukelich-Austin
Ann Wenzel
Cindy Witt
Zonta Club of Madison


The YWCA Madison held the first Circle of Women fundraiser in 2004. With great success, the event continues to grow. In 2013, over 800 people attended the 10th anniversary event and donated over $150,000 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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Circle of Women Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

CUNA logo

Media Sponsors

Magic 98

Brava Magazine

The Capital Times


Supporting Sponsors

Affiliated Engineers

BMO Harris Bank

Honkamp Krueger

Meriter Health Services & Physicians Plus Insurance

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Rhyme Business Products

Spherion Staffing

UW Health & Unity Health Insurance

Wall Family Enterprises

WEA Trust

Wegner CPAs and Consultants

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Table Sponsors

Madonna Binkowski

DMB Community Bank

Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Johnson Bank

L.D. Morris Law

Park Bank

Sprinkman Real Estate

Vogel Bros. Building Co.

Event Friends

Mega Rentals