YWCA Austin Marks 110 Years By Honoring The Fabulous People of Austin

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A music filled celebration of empowering women and eliminating racism in Central Texas at Spider House Café & Ballroom

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.

YWCA Austin celebrates 110 years serving Central Texas with the first annual Fabulous People Party on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Spider House Café & Ballroom in Austin, Texas. The Fabulous People Party will be an opportunity to honor outstanding community members who perpetuate YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism through their work. Community leaders will be recognized in the following categories: Ally Award, #NewRadical, Woman of Color Leading Change and the Legacy Award. Tickets available at https://fabulouspeoplepartyatx.eventbrite.com/.

Attendees will enjoy special musical performances by some of Austin’s top performers including: the Austonettes, Leti Garza, Maryann Price & Trio del Rio, The Mrs. and Saul Paul.

Since its founding in 1907, the YWCA Greater Austin has recognized individuals in the community with different award categories at different times. 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.

“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,” stated Ángela-Jo Touza-Medina, executive director YWCA Austin. “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.”

The following Fabulous People are finalists nominated in each category. The winner for each will be announced on Friday, September 15, 2017 during the event at Spider House Café & Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm.

Ally Award Finalists

  • Wayne Krause Yang, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Lloyd Doggett, U.S. Congressman
  • Greg Casar, Austin Councilman
  • Dr. Peniel Joseph, LBJ School Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values

#NewRadical Finalists

  • Kristen Lenau, stop abuse for everyone (SAFE)
  • Fatima Mann, Counter Balance: ATX
  • Nancy Cardenas Peña, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Amanda Lewis, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)

Woman of Color Leading Change Finalists

  • Lisa Goddard, UFCU
  • Tanya Tarr, Leadership Coach & Forbes Contributor
  • Gina Hinojosa, State Representative
  • Ana Rodriguez DeFrates, Non-Profit Consultant
  • Joyce James, Joyce James Consulting

Austin Community College Office of Equity & Inclusion is the first recipient of the annual Legacy Award.

About YWCA Austin
Founded in 1907, YWCA Austin is the first and the longest serving agency in Central Texas to work to eliminate racism and empower women. Today, YWCA Austin combines programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Located in Austin at 2015 S Interstate 35 # 110, Austin, TX 78741 or visit online to learn more http://www.ywcaaustin.org.

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