AUSTIN, TX —YWCA Greater Austin will mark 110 years of serving the community in a music-filled celebration this Friday.
The gathering will take place Sept. 15 at the Spider House Café & Ballroom at 7 p.m. During the event, local leaders will be honored for their role in eliminating hate and empowering women, the dual missions of the YWCA Greater Austin.
Community leaders will be recognized in the following categories: Ally Award, #NewRadical, Woman of Color Leading Change and the Legacy Award. The even is emceed by one of Austin’s funniest people, Vanessa Gonzalez. Also featured will be performances by Leticia Rodriguez aka Leti Garza Austonettes Maryann Price and Trio del Rio Saul Paul The Mrs.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Attire is Austin Cool. Founded in 1907, the YWCA is the first and longest-serving agency in Central Texas to work to eliminate racism and empower women by promoting the health and safety of women and girls, their economic empowerment and advancement and racial justice and civil rights.
Since its founding in 1907, the YWCA Greater Austin has recognized individuals in the community with different award categories at different times, organizers said. In the same manner that YWCA services have evolved to meet the needs and reflect the social reality and diversity of the community they serve, so to have the awards, officials added.
“When we talk about racial justice and gender, one of our priority goals is to help individuals recognize their own privilege in a meaningful way and to use what they learn through that process to make a difference,” Ángela-Jo Touza-Medina, executive director YWCA Austin, said. “We want a broad and diverse group of people who embody our mission to come together to celebrate and to be a part of this larger conversation.”