NEW YORK, June 10 On June 11, 2008 the YWCA-NYC kicks offa year-long celebration commemorating its 150th Anniversary as a pioneer andleader in the empowerment of women, girls, and their families. To mark theJune 11th kick-off, the organization will host a huge birthday gala at GothamHall presented by YW's official 150th anniversary sponsor, UBS, and hosted byNBC4 meteorologist Janice Huff. Also that evening the Empire State Buildingwill illuminate the New York City skies with the YW's signature color orange.
The YWCA-NYC was the first YW in the U.S. and is one of the oldest andlargest membership organizations in the world, connected to a worldwidenetwork of sister YWCA's that serve 25 million women in more than 100countries. Today's YWCA-NYC operates affordable, high quality childcarecenters in Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn, as well as after-schoolprograms in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is also a leading force for womenin need of a job thanks to its job-training program at the YW Family ResourceCenter in Hell's Kitchen.
"The YWCA-NYC has paved the way for so many," says Rennie Roberts, theYWCA-NYC's CEO. "Our mission continues to be what we have focused on for 150years: working to eliminate racism and empower women, and improving thewelfare of women and their families who need assistance with housing, jobtraining, leading healthy lives, and obtaining high-quality education. We haveserved as a pioneer in improving race relations, advancing labor unionrepresentation, and expanding women's health initiatives."