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Sweet Success Thank You!

What Sweet Success it was for YWCA St. Paul!

More than 250 people joined us at Allianz Field Stadium Club for our annual Sweet Success fundraiser on May 31. It was such a treat to witness community coming together. We exceeded our Sweet Success fundraising goal by raising more than $85,000 in support of YWCA St. Paul’s programs and mission to eliminate racism and empower women!

If you didn’t get a chance to give at the event, or attend the event, please consider making a donation to sweeten the success even more!

We had an impactful program, and we were especially thrilled to be joined by Mayor Melvin Carter and YWCA St. Paul current Board Chair Angela Finney. As Mayor Melvin Carter said in his opening remarks when he looked out into the crowd at Sweet Success, “This [community] is what success looks like.” A number of other local and state elected officials and community leaders were in attendance all evening. We thank them for their support and leadership. 

Congratulations to YWCA St. Paul’s Sweet Success Program Honorees, 2023 Changemaker of the Year Beverly Jones Heydinger, and to Gaye Adams Massey, YWCA St. Paul’s CEO, who was presented with the Gaye Adams Massey Legacy Award for her dedication and compassionate leadership at YWCA St. Paul and beyond.

Beverly shared in her remarks heartfelt thanks for Gaye’s leadership, vision, steady hand and devotion to YWCA St. Paul. “We stand on the shoulders of those who came before, who showed us that respect, commitment, and hope are the antidotes to despair. We reach out to each other, joined in a shared belief that together we can make a difference.”

YWCA St. Paul volunteer Phyllis Goff, and past board chairs Yohuru Williams, Shawntera Hardy, Debbie Montgomery, and Beverly Jones Heydinger shared words of gratitude for Gaye Adams Massey as she prepares to transition out of her role into retirement.

Sweet Success Program Honorees Video

Sweet Success was a success because of the strong community support YWCA St. Paul receives. 

Sweet Success is about celebrating our programs and participants. It is also a fundraiser to support our important work now and into the future. If you didn’t get a chance to make a financial contribution, it isn’t too late to give. Please make a donation today.

Our programs provide life-changing, life-transforming support. From transitional and permanent supportive housing, holistic services for young African American women transitioning out of the foster care system, to helping members reach their health and fitness goals, we’re advancing on our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Will YOU join us?

We are so grateful for our community support and the many ways we have, together, worked to build a stronger Saint Paul community, making real and lasting change.

YWCA St. Paul thanks our generous sponsors for supporting Sweet Success:

Loon sponsor

honeycrisp sponsor

Anonymous Individual Donor

Gaye Adams Massey

Lady's slipper sponsor

Annette Goff & Phyllis Goff

bumblebee sponsor

Kate Seng and Steve Peacock

Kathy Schubert

Mara and Landon Ausheman

Cassandra Yarbrough

Kristin Beckman

Robert Richman

Susan Sands