Circle of Women

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

About the Event

Time: 12 PM – 1:30 PM (Doors open at 11:30 AM)
Location: Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center

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. YWCA creates this event to encourage philanthropy among our community and provide an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Guests of all genders are 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 equityjob training & transportation; and housing & shelter. Because of our generous sponsors, each dollar raised goes directly to the YWCA to support local programming.

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

Learn more about the Sponsorship Opportunities that are available.

Can’t Attend

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

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Thanks to Our 2020 Circle of Women Committee

Angela Arrington Co-Chair
Joyce Dieter Co-Chair
Leigh Griesbach
Jenifer Juarez
Monica Mims
Jess Monteith
Alyssa Nagel
Lauren Powell
Julia Stanley
Suzy Wood


YWCA Madison held the first Circle of Women fundraiser in 2004. With great success, the event continues to grow. In 2019, over 900 people attended the 16th annual event.

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.”

Table Captains

To fill a room with 1,000 women and men, we recruit table captains who commit to filling a table of ten.

Learn About Becoming a Table Captain

Thanks to Our 2020 Table Captains

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

Michelle Affatati3
Sara Alvarado6
Angela Arrington1
Elizabeth Barnhill14
Christine Benedict1
Annie Bockhop3
Debbie Brancel3
Brenda Brown1
Heather Clefish1
Kathy Cramer12
Justin Cruz3
Jael Currie3
Betty Harris Custer8
Danielle Dieringer3
Joyce Dieter6
Ellen Ellis2
Erin Farrar2
Leigh Griesbach1
Shayna Hetzel1
Jacquelyn Hunt5
Stephanie Johnson2
Nyra Jordan5
Jenifer Juarez3
Christy Kaufman1
April Kigeya1
Jan Kittoe6
Lori Krumberger1
Rachel Kvasnica2
Dawn Mahoney1
Rachel  Martin1
Salli Martyniak15
Candace McDowell4
Vanessa McDowell4
Maxine McKinney de Royston1
Jayme Miller1
Debbie Millman1
Monica Mims1
Jess Monteith1
Donnie Moreland1
Alyssa Nagel1
Mike Nott2
Chris Ognibene1
Gwen Olson1
Jill Pfeiffer1
Lauren Powell1
Beth Prestine9
Emily Read1
Ruth Rohlich10
Heidi Ropa4
Rhonda Schemm1
Christina Smith Gallagher2
Adrienne Smolinski4
Julia Stanley7
Lucretia Sullivan Wade1
Rosemary U’Ren3
Martha Vukelich-Austin17
Jill Wipfli4
Suzy Wood4

Thanks to Our 2020 Sponsors

On behalf of the women and families we serve, we salute our sponsors and partners with heartfelt thanks. Our incredible sponsors provide critical financial support for YWCA programs and initiatives.