Tonight the YWCA of New York City will present Harlequin CEO Donna Hayes with the W Award at its annual Summer Soirée. The W Award is given to individuals and companies who represent and focus on the empowerment of women, and since Harlequin’s stories focus on the triumph of the heroine, and since they’re written by (mostly) women and read by (mostly) women – and, interestingly enough, produced at HQN HQ by (mostly) women (with the exception of his fabulousness, Don Mills), it is entirely perfect that Hayes is being honored. Way to go!
I’m covering the event tonight as press, and I’ll be live-tweeting the event from the Trump SOHO in Manhattan.
The YWCA-NYC Summer Soiree is a gala that raises funds needed for their women-centered program initiatives, including their Women’s Empowerment Network, which offers job training, skills counseling and legal assistance among other services, their elementary after-school programs, and their high school enrichment programs, all of which serve communities in New York City.
I’ll be reporting live updates from the event, taking pictures and recapping Donna Hayes’ speech, as well as finding out more about the YWCA-NYC programs. If there’s anything you want to know about during the soiree, let me know, either here or on Twitter (I’m @smartbitches).
My minor struggle right now: the dress code is black and white, with a touch of “persimmon.” What is persimmon? The predominant colors of the YWCA-NYC are black and white and orange- is persimmon orange? I thought it was a red color. Either way, I’m pretty sure I don’t own anything that’s remotely near persimmon in color.