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The Young Women’s Resource Center fills its calendar with events. With as many programs as we provide, there’s always something going on that furthers our mission to support girls and young women in the community through engagement, learning and entertainment, including our three signature fundraisers: Celebrity Servers Night, Fun in the Sun and the YWRC Gala (formerly known as Sit On It!).

Celebrity Servers

More than 600 community members joined us on Monday, October 7, 2019 to celebrate our 10th Annual Celebrity Servers Night at the newly renovated MALO and fan-favorite Centro restaurants! Local celebrities and experienced servers treated guests to  an evening of food, fun and fundraising. Stay tuned for details for the 2020 event.


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Save the date: Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Gala  is a fun, meaningful way to show support for girls and young women throughout Greater Des Moines while spending time with your fellow community members. The evening includes a delicious dinner, silent and live auctions, wine pull and program.

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Fun in the Sun

The Young Empowerment Partnership of the YWRC hosted the Fun in the Sun event – a family-friendly bike ride and concert –  at Captain Roy’s on Sunday, September 8th, 2019.  The bike route included stops at Peace Tree and Confluence, ending back at Captain Roy’s for a concert that featured Girls Rock DSM and local musicians.

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PCWA Basket Auction

The Polk County Women Attorneys (PCWA) hosted 145 guests at the 18th  annual Basket Auction, a fundraiser to benefit the YWRC, on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at The River Center.  PCWA is a professional networking organization of female attorneys in Polk County, Iowa that began as a mentoring group for new attorneys and has evolved into a lifelong association.

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