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YWCA Boulder County Announces Annual Fundraising Gala on March 9, 2019

Viva Las Vegas-themed Gala to Include Live & Silent Auction, Casino Games, Live Entertainment and Dinner by Blackbelly Restaurant Catering

Press Release – BOULDER, CO – February 5, 2019YWCA Boulder County (YWCA) today announced the Viva Las Vegas Gala, the YWCA’s annual fundraising event, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on March 9, 2019 at the Boulder Jewish Community Center located at 6007 Oreg Avenue in Boulder. This year’s event will include casino games, dinner and drinks, and a live and silent auction featuring fun trips, experiences and gift certificates, with a goal of raising $123,000 for the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

“We’re looking forward to a fun evening of Las Vegas-style games, great food and drinks, and to auction some neat prizes for a great cause,” said Debbie Pope, CEO of YWCA Boulder County. “This annual event brings together a great community of people, and the funds we raise together will ensure we can continue to support the critical and relevant work we are doing to improve lives,” Pope added.

At the gala, the YWCA will be honoring Josie Heath, former executive director of the Community Foundation of Boulder County, with the Janet Beardsley Award of Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the pursuit of women’s empowerment and the elimination of racism. Heath has been named one of Colorado’s Great Women by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in the areas of politics, government and military service.

The Viva Las Vegas Gala will be catered by Blackbelly Catering and award-winning chef, Hosea Rosenberg, winner of season five of the popular television show Top Chef. The auctioneer for the live auction will be Debbie Scheer from The Gala Team, which is owned by former Denver Bronco football player Reggie Rivers.

Tickets for the event are now on sale for $125 each, and a total of 270 tickets will be available for the event. Attendees can purchase a table of 10 seats for the discounted price of $1,100 until March 1, 2019. Cocktail attire is encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://handbid.app.link/YWCAgala

The YWCA is also seeking sponsors for the event, and sponsor packages are available from $500 to $10,000. Sponsors will receive premium event seating, business name and logo listing in event invitations and gala presentations, and many other marketing benefits. Sponsorships received before January 30, 2019 will be included in the print invitation being mailed in early February. For more information, please contact the YWCA Boulder County.

Since YWCA USA’s founding in 1858, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements. This rich history, along with its current program offerings, makes YWCA USA the oldest, largest, and one of the most accomplished multiracial organizations in the fight for social justice. In Boulder, YWCA has evolved over the years from boarding house to social club and today is a human service agency. The organization is a non-sectarian nonprofit that is not affiliated with any religious group, and is a publicly funded, inclusive organization that welcomes everyone to participate, male and female alike.

Throughout the last century, women have come to YWCA to find housing assistance, business advice, career counseling, fitness classes, and affordable childcare. Beginning in the 1980s, community members could count on YWCA Boulder County to provide low-cost parenting classes and valuable resources to support healthy self-esteem and economic self-sufficiency. Our wide range of programs continue to provide services to those who need them.

About YWCA Boulder County

YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization has been providing a variety of vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder for over 95 years. YWCA Boulder County is a welcoming human service agency that works with over 6,000 individuals annually. For more information on our programs, visit: www.ywcaboulder.org/.


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