YWCA Madison

Circle of Women Fundraiser

February 22, 2018, at Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Please Join Us

Please be our guest at the 15th Annual Circle of Women Luncheon. Please non, Circle of Women is a free event and guest are asked to consider a $100 donation during the event. Please complete this RSVP form if you are interested in attending. 

2017 Program Spotlight Videos

YWeb Video-Final from YWCA Madison on Vimeo.

Transitional Housing Final from YWCA Madison on Vimeo.

Equitable Orgs Final 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. 

2018 Table Captains

Michelle Affatati
Sara Alvarado
Kate Austin
Diane K. Ballweg
Elizabeth Barnhill
Sarah Bloom
Jane Braatz
Debbie Brancel
Kim M. Burlage
Colleen Butler
Camille Carter
Jennifer Cheatham
Justin Cruz
Betty Harris Custer
Charlie Daniel
Betsey Day
Debra Greene
Joyce Dieter
Kayla Driscoll
Murphy Dunne
Sandy Eichel
Kari Grasee
Therese Gulbransen
Carmella Harris
Deb Hoffman
Jacquelyn Hunt
Connie Hutchison
Bobbi Jones
Nyra Jordan
Elizabeth A. Katt-Reinders
Elizabeth Kirchstein
Jan Kittoe
Brenda Koenig 
Maggie Porter Kratz
Hannah Lanser
Meghan Leatherman
Margaret M. Leitinger
Elaine Lohr
Ron Luskin
Catherine Martin
Salli Martyniak
Mary Kay McCanna
Miri McDonald
Candace McDowell
Vanessa McDowell
Annette Miller
Sharon Neylon
Beth B. Norman
Theresa Peachey
Jillana L. Peterson
Elizabeth M. Prestine
Lu Ann Quella
Angela Russell
Britt Ryan
Suzette Simoneau
Ally L. Spaight
Carey Spink
Julia Stanley
Paula M. Steinhorst
Eileen Sutula
Rosemary U'Ren
Leslie Vitale
Martha Vukelich-Austin
Ann F. Wenzel
Michele Wingate
Jill Wipfli
Suzanne Wood


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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  • 2018 Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor

    CUNA logo

    Friend Sponsors

    National Guardian Life Insurance Company

    Associate Sponsors


    Additional Sponsors

    American Printing Co.
    Festival Food
    Broadridge Financial Solutions
    Wegner CPAs
    Vogel Bros. Building Co.