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.

2017 Table Captains

Sadat Abiri
Michelle Affatati
Sara Alvarado
Michelle Arora
Diane Ballweg
Elizabeth Barnhill
Julie Bass-DeVries
Lisa Bauer
Donna Beestman
Linda Bergren
Danessa Bishop
Jane Braatz
Kim Burlage
Colleen Butler
Kamal Calloway
Jennifer Cheatham
Jane Clark
Kathy Cramer
Jael Currie
Betty Custer
Joyce Dieter
Kari Grasee
Laura Heisler
Jacquelyn Hunt
Nyra Jordan
Elizabeth Katt-Reinders
Jan Kittoe
Sally Lee
Margaret Leitinger
Elaine Lohr
Shannon Luehmann


Sally Martyniak
Mary Kay McCanna
Candice McDowell
Vanessa McDowell
Melissa Meyer
Erica Nelson
Sharon Neylon
Hannah Oglesby
Jessica Palmer
Theresa Peachey
Maggie Porter Kratz
Elizabeth Prestine
Susan Rather
Laurel Rice
Angela Russell
Pamela Stampen
Julia Stanley
Paula Steinhorst
Eileen Sutula
Teresita Torrance
Tony Tucci
LeAndrea Vernon
Martha Vukelich-Austin
Ann Wenzel
Samantha Weston
MIchele Wingate
Jill Wipfli
Cindy Witt
Suzy Wood
Jay Young
Ginger Zimmerman


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




        UW Health & Unity
     Wegner CPA

    Table Sponsors

    American Printing Company
    First Business Bank
    Healthy Kids Collaborative  
    RBC Wealth Magement

    Media Sponsors

    Cap Times

    La Movida

    Magic 98