YWCA South Florida: a virtual celebration to honor 100-year of legacy

The celebration will and ignite the future of equity and social justice in South Florida 

This Thursday June 3rd 2021cat 6:00 pm. YWCA South Florida is commemorating their 100-year legacy of supporting women, girls and people of color with the event “NEXT!, a premier, virtually-produced centennial celebration event.”

By opting to generously donate $50 or more, attendees will be granted access to view the NEXT! Program registering here. and YWCA South Florida will receive the support they need to continue empowering change against racism across the community.

YWCA South Florida’s CEO & President Kerry-Ann Royes will unveil YWCA’s exciting and bold plans for the future of equity and social justice in South Florida, exclusive to all event participants and sponsors.

Why is this celebration important?, we asked Ms Royes:

YWCA South Florida’s NEXT! Is a one-of-a-kind celebration that will hallmark the organization’s 100-year legacy of supporting women, girls and people of color. As the saying goes “actions speak louder than words.” The centennial event is important because it will not only celebrate the YWCA’s fervent dedication toward eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, but also incite meaningful dialogue among community members geared toward propelling actionable change in South Florida communities

-LFB: Can you tell us a little bit of the impact and history of the organization?

-KAR: For the past 100 years, YWCA South Florida has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements— voting rights to civil rights; affordable housing and pay equity; violence prevention; and healthcare reform. Today, YWCA South Florida combines unique programming and advocacy initiatives in efforts to generate actionable, institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

Honoring nine women of South Florida

Join Attendees will view critical moments in YWCA South Florida’s rich history through the voices of their legacy leaders and partners, as well as the inauguration of the first delegation of “The First, but Not the Last, Women Leaders of South Florida,” which honors the following nine women who have broken glass ceilings in South Florida:

  • Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine-Cava
  • Miami-Dade County 11th Circuit Court, Chief Judge Bertila Soto
  • Southern District of Florida Senior Judge, Patricia A. Seitz
  • Broward County Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Sharief
  • Celebrity Cruises CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo
  • Miami Herald Executive Editor, Monica Richardson
  • Miami Dade College President, Madeline Pumariega
  • FPL Director of External Affairs, Juliet Rouhlac
  • AARP Board of Directors National Chair, Annette Franqui

Event sponsors include Holland and Knight; AARP; FPL; Health Foundation of South Florida; Miami Herald; Northern Trust; Sapoznik; and Bilzin Sumberg.

Join YWCA on June 3 at 6 p.m. as we commemorate our 100-year legacy of supporting women, girls and people of color at NEXT!, a premier, virtually-produced centennial celebration event. Please visit the donation page to register here 


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