Live Your Joy

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By Mandi Webster-Martin

On April 28th I was fortunate enough to be invited to the YWCA annual luncheon at the Hotel Murano Pavilion. As the website sponsor for the Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA, SiteCrafting designed and developed the website for their It's Time for the YWCA campaign. The theme of this year's event was Live Your Joy.

YWCA Luncheon- Live Your Joy

After a brief introduction by Bonnie Boyle, Board President, Cathy Brewis of the RAGS Guild came on stage to present a check to the YWCA. Every spring, RAGS hosts a wearable art show at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Fife. The 3-day event features wearable art and accessories created by artists from across the country. A portion of each sale benefits the YWCA's domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. This year RAGS presented their largest contribution check since the event's inception: $87,000, bringing their 16 year total to $885,000.

YWCA Luncheon- jewelry
Some of the RAGS jewelry that was available for purchase.

After the debut of a public service announcement that will run on Click! Network channels through August, the keynote speaker was introduced. Bonnie St. John is a paralympics medalist in skiing, a Rhodes Scholar, former Director for the National Economic Council, and successful author. Her stories of determination and triumph were truly inspiring, especially the idea that while we may all fall down, the gold medalists are the ones that get up the fastest.

After Bonnie finished, YWCA Director Miriam Barnett spoke about the YWCA's purchase of the Wilsonian building and the naming opportunities that are now available. Those that can't afford to sponsor an apartment can purchase step stones in the building's courtyard/garden.

A fast paced and high spirited raffle wrapped up the event.

As a member of the SiteCrafting team, I am very proud to be part of the YWCA's fundraising and community efforts. According to their site, they're at 85% of their fundraising goal.

For more information or to donate to the YWCA please visit

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