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You’re invited to the 25th Annual YWRC Empower Gala on SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024!

The YWRC Empower Gala begins with a reception, wine pull, raffle, and silent auction, followed by a delicious three course dinner. The evening’s program includes an update on all things YWRC and honors inspiring local community members, as well as YWRC clients, with special awards. A live auction concludes the event.

Saturday, April 13, 2024
at Hilton Des Moines Downtown
435 Park Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Funds raised will provide local girls and young women* access to the critical supplies and resources they need to be strong, self-confident, and resilient.

Stay tuned for more details about the event and how you can nominate a community member to be recognized for their positive impact in our community.

*We define ‘girls and young women’ as any persons who have been socialized and/or identify as female. Nonbinary and gender fluid friends are welcome.


We are excited to announce the 2024 Louise Rosenfield Noun Visionary Awardees:

  • Visionary Awardee: Suzanna de Baca
  • Impact Awardee: Sycrisha Conway
  • Purpose Awardee: Mary O’Keefe

These three awardees are making significant impact for local girls and young women and we look forward to celebrating them at the YWRC Empower Gala. Learn about all of the awards presented at the YWRC Empower Gala here.



2023 YWRC Gala Event Recap:

THANK YOU to all who supported the YWRC Gala: Cultivating the Future celebration on Saturday, April 1, 2023! $156,912 was raised in support of local girls and young women so they can be strong, self-confident, and resilient. You can view PHOTOS form the YWRC Gala on our Facebook page here.