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YWCA Hosts 13th Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction

December 05, 2011

Since 1998, extraordinary women of our community have come together to celebrate one another at the YWCA Celebrating Women Silent Auction and Luncheon. The speakers share wisdom, humor and insight about their life journeys as well as raise funds to help support YWCA Youth Programs.

Celebrating Women will be held on Friday, December 9th at 11:30 a.m. in the Bristol Train Station. The silent auction will offer many items such as themed gift baskets, local art, fine jewelry, spa packages, Titan’s football memorabilia and much more! Entertainment will feature artist Pat Jessee, known for her Dancing Brush Arts Improv when painting live to music will be painting to beautiful music by Paul Winter, creating an atmospheric painting for your bids at the silent auction!

The event will feature a panel of inspiring, accomplished speakers from our region including:

Diana L. Weiss is a dynamic professional motivational speaker and co-author of two books, Life at the Lemonade Stand and Blueprint for Success. She is the founder and CEO of Anderson-Weiss and Associates, a training company that provides motivational insight to groups, individuals and leaders who value results. Jessica Stollings Strang is the founder of re:Generations, an organization that helps connect generations in the workplace. Lorri Fennell is recently enjoying her retirement from Frontier Health and was instrumental in developing programs specific for children and served as the mental health liaison for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department. Peg O'Connell-Ayers is the General Manager at the Bristol Contact Center for OfficeMax in Bristol Virginia. Peg has been in the contact center business for her entire professional career over 30 years supervising customer relations and quality of service.

“Celebrating Women is always an uplifting and giving event. The YWCA Junior Board of Directors, who host this fundraiser, is a group of young women giving their time during this busy holiday season to help support YW Youth Programs. It’s held at the perfect time of year because those who come can buy special gifts for their loved ones and also help support the area’s youth at the same time and feel great about it,” said Tammy Henkel, YWCA Director of Youth Programs.

Admission for the event is $20.00 per person and can be pre-paid at YWCA Bristol through Dec. 8th. Attendees may also pay at the door. Reservations are required. Please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 to reserve your seat.