YWCA of NWI reaches $100,000 fundraising goals

Virtual Mask-querade Gala in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of YWCA of NWI at the Majestic Star Casino where people were able to dance on the floor for free.

The YWCA of NWI hosted its Virtual Maskquerade Gala in celebration of its 100th Anniversary last weekend at the Majestic Star Casino. The free event featured celebrity co-hosts Samantha Chatman of ABC7 Chicago and her father DJ Sam Chatman of 95.1 FM Club Steppin’.

Line dancing and stepping performances, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction were part of the evening’s festivities. Supporters were able to view the festivities via the organization’s website, Facebook and YouTube. Hundreds tuned in while making generous donations to help the organization reach its fundraising goal of $100,000.

BOARD MEMBERS SHERITA SMITH, Executive Director Caren Jones, Michelle Johnson, Jahnae Erpenbach, LaTanya Woodson, and emcee Chelsea Whittington pose at the silent auction table.

“The support has been amazing,” said Executive Director Caren Jones. “Our board members, led by President Michelle Johnson, and volunteers came together, worked hard and brought a vision to life.”

At the conclusion of the broadcast, Jones announced that the $100,000 goal had been reached and donations were still coming in.

Awards were presented to Cynthia Powers of Powers & Sons Construction, Senator Earline Rogers, Board member Jahnae Erpenbach of Majestic Star Casino and Spectacle Entertainment, and Caren Jones, for their service and dedication to the YWCA of NWI.

Pictured are some of the planning committee members with celebrity host DJ Sam Chatman. From left to right Amber McKinstry, Sherita Smith, Jackie Holmes, Lauren Hamer, Jahnae Erpenbach, Caren Jones, Sam Chatman, Michelle Johnson, Mary Fortney, LaTanya Woodson, Chelsea Whittington.

Monthly programs will be planned through next October in observation of the organization’s 100th anniversary. For more information about the YWCA of NWI, visit http://www.ywcanwi.org or call 219-881-9922.

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