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YWCA Jamestown Hosts largest Women of Achievement Celebration in 25 year history!

YWCA Jamestown hosted over 120 community members at this year’s Women Of Achievement Celebration. Presented by Alliance for NonProfit Resources and UPMC Chautauqua, this year’s event was the largest in its 25 year history. The inspirational dinner and basket raffle took place on August 24, 2023 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron, NY.

The 2023 Women of Achievement Recipients are:

Leigh-Anne Hendrick, Catalyst for Change Award

Sukanya Burman, Power the Future Award

Tamara M. Dickey, Shattered Ceiling Award

Patricia Graves, Impact Award

Annika Spitzer, Rising Star Award

YWCA Jamestown is a non profit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Recipients were nominated by community members as those who embody the mission of the organization in their volunteer and professional roles. Uplifting and inspirational speeches by recipients and nominators left the audience excited to continue to advocate for women, girls and people of color.

“The night motivated us all to create additional opportunities to celebrate and uplift women of Chautauqua County,” said Kristi Ternullo, YWCA CAPP Director and lead for the fundraiser. “I am in awe at the growing list of nominees and Women of Achievement recipients in the community who work for equity and inclusion right here in Jamestown and the surrounding areas.”

One of the most touching moments of the evening is when Tamara Dickey was presented the Shattered Ceiling Award by her daughter Tiara Cromartie. Other memorable moments occurred when Patricia Graves’ nominator Pastor Chloe Smith encouraged all community members to continue to work for justice and equity; and when Sukanya Burman highlighted the need for equity and inclusion in the arts.

YWCA Jamestown would like to thank the sponsors who helped make the event an incredible success. Sponsors include ANR, UPMC Chautauqua, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Evergreen Health, Family Health Medical Services, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Lane’s Women Health, Jamestown Psychiatric, Water Street Brass, League of Women Voters, M&T Bank, and Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.

YWCA Jamestown looks forward to hosting an even larger celebration next year on August 2nd, 2024 at the Harbor Hotel. For more information about YWCA Jamestown and to learn how you can become a partner for empowerment, equity and justice please visit

Contact name; Amanda Gesing 716-488-2237

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Picture of Women of Achievement Recipients

Patricia Graves, Leigh-Ann Hendrick, Sukanya Burman, Tamara Dickey. YWCA Jamestown Executive Director, Amanda Gesing. Not picture Annika Spitzer

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