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YWCA of the Niagara Frontier marks 100th anniversary with merger, new website and Niagara Awards


Wed, Nov 4th 2015 05:40 pm

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has had a busy year in 2015 with a merger, 100th anniversary, awards ceremony and launch of its new website. While celebrating 100 years of helping women in Niagara County, the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA Tonawandas merged in January to form the new YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.

"This was a tremendous year for us as we continue our never-ending mission to assist women throughout Niagara County," said Kathy Granchelli, CEO, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. "Everything we accomplished this year has served to make us stronger and more of a force in the region."

Punctuating that strength was the recent "2015 Niagara Awards: A Tribute to Women" held at the Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls Sept. 22, highlighting those who have made a difference in the community in a variety of ways. This year's winners, and their categories, included:

•Art: Dyan Mulvey-Balcerzak

•Education: Dr. Lillian Williams

•Entrepreneur: Ann Murphy

•Front line: Cheryl Confer

•Public Service Award: Mayor Anne McCaffrey

•Health and Human Services: Vanessa Scott

•Management: Bernadette Franjoine

•Lifetime Achievement: Glenna Sternin

And finally, the updated website (http://www.ywcaniagarafrontier.org/) is easier to navigate and provides quick access to all the information and programs that continue to help women be "strong alone, fearless together." Through all its varied programs, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is "dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all."

Anyone interested in learning more about YWCA of the Niagara Frontier can visit www.ywcaniagarafrontier.org or call or visit the following offices and services:

  • Lockport: 32 Cottage St., 716-433-6714
  • Tonawandas: 49 Tremont St., 716-692-5580
  • Carolyn's House (Niagara Falls): 49 542 6th St., 716-278-9662
  • Crisis hotline: Open 24 hours a day at 716-433-6716

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