Circle of Women

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Save the Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, for Circle of Women!


Time: 12 PM – 12:30 PM (Optional “virtual hangout time” at 11:30 AM, and after the event)
Location: On Our Virtual Hopin Platform

Join us, this year, in the virtual space, to celebrate the power of individual philanthropy at YWCA Madison’s Annual Circle of Women fundraiser. Guests will have the opportunity to be “in community” with one another, while learning more about the essential work of YWCA Madison during this time.

We welcome friends joining near and far to learn how their gifts will benefit women and their families in our Madison community and beyond. This event celebrates giving in our community and provides an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Guests of all genders are welcome to attend.

Funds donated by guests at the event will support the YWCA Madison’s race & gender equityjob training & transportation; and housing & shelter. Because of our generous sponsors, each dollar raised goes directly to YWCA Madison to support local programming.

2021 Co-Chairs, Joyce Dieter (left) and Angela Arrington (right)
Our 2021 Co-Chairs, Joyce Dieter (left) and Angela Arrington (right)

Be a 2021 Circle of Women Sponsor

Learn More About 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Here.

Circle Captains

To fill a “virtual room” with 1,000 women and men, we recruit circle captains who commit to inviting 10 or more guests.

Learn About Becoming a Circle Captain

Can’t Attend?

If you would still like to contribute, please click on the button below. Thank you!

Make a Circle of Women Donation

Thanks to Our 2021 Circle of Women Committee

Angela Arrington Co-Chair
Joyce Dieter Co-Chair

Benton, Leigh Griesbach, Donna Moreland, Monica Mims, Julia Stanley, Leah Wicander and Suzy Wood

Thanks to Our 2021 Circle Captains

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has promoted philanthropy among those in their own circle of friends and colleagues by serving as a Circle Captain.
# Indicates the number of years serving as a captain.

Elizabeth Barnhill15
Annie Bockhop4
Takeyla Benton
Deborah Brancel4
Kathy Cramer13
Betty Harris Custer9
Justin Cruz4
Jen Davel1
Deb Davis
Joyce Dieter7
Murphy Dunne2
Barbara Estervig
Leigh Griesbach2
Samantha Haas
Bobbi Jones2
Nyra Jordan6
Jan Kittoe7
Meghan Leatherman
Ron Luskin
Kristy Brown Lust
Rachel Martin2
Candace McDowell5
Vanessa McDowell5
Donna Moreland2
Camie Morris
BreeSean Pittman

Marisa Potter
Heidi Ropa5

Rhonda Schemm2
Amy Smyth
Julia Stanley8
Mary Jo Steeber Higgins
Lucretia Sullivan Wade2
Martha Vukelich-Austin18
Mona Adams Winston
Jill Wipfli5
Suzy Wood5


Event History

YWCA Madison held the first Circle of Women fundraiser in 2004. With great success, the event continues to grow. In 2020, over 900 people attended the 17th annual event.

Here is what some of our guests have 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.”