NASHVILLE, TN — Oct. 26, 2023 — YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee marked its 125th anniversary at the “Celebration of Allies” event on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event, co-chaired by the Honorable Lonnell and Johari Matthews, brought together hundreds of community and business leaders, including Mayor Freddie O’Connell and Vice Mayor Angie Henderson, and highlighted the invaluable partnerships that fortify the organization and our community.
In the spirit of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, the “Celebration of Allies” shone a spotlight on those individuals and organizations that have actively contributed to the YWCA’s commitment to making Nashville the safest city in the nation for women and girls.
“Allies are the lifeblood of our organization and play a pivotal role in advancing our mission,” said Sharon K. Roberson, YWCA President and CEO. “Their unwavering support empowers us to create safer, more equitable communities for all. The YWCA is deeply grateful for their partnership and commitment.”
The “Celebration of Allies” highlights included a powerful and personal panel discussion featuring Nashville Predators CEO Sean Henry, his wife, Tracey Henry, Rita P. Mitchell, and Joey Hatch. The event also witnessed the presentation of an award to recognize the exceptional contributions of Henry, Hatch, and Rashed Fakhruddin. A video marking 125 years of service to the community also premiered at the event.
In a significant announcement, the YWCA introduced “The Men’s Collective,” a new giving society aimed at fostering male engagement and support. The Tennessee Titans Foundation announced a $15,000 gift to YWCA at the start of the event, and within an hour, an additional $45,000 was given by guests. In all, the event raised over $200,000 to support the life-saving and life-changing programs of YWCA.
YWCA is thankful to the many sponsors who made the event possible, including Presenting Sponsor Amazon, Freedom Sponsors Dollar General and Mary Wester Foundation, Peace Sponsors Deloitte and Enchiridion Foundation, Justice Sponsors Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, HCA Healthcare|TriStar Health, Kroger, L3Harris, The Wilson Group Real Estate Services, Inspire1, and Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, and Advocacy Sponsors the Country Music Association, Ingram Industries, and PNC Bank.
About YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee: For 125 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Dress for Success, the Family Learning Center, and Social Justice & Advocacy Programs. For more information, visit www.ywcanashville.com, follow us on twitter @YWCANashville and find us on Facebook facebook.com/YWCANashville.