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Sweet Success is an annual celebration and fundraiser honoring the outstanding achievements of YWCA St. Paul program participants and volunteers.

This year’s celebration is scheduled for May 30, 2019 at the University of St. Thomas. Scroll down for more event details.


YWCA St. Paul is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1907. We are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Sweet Success is an annual celebration and fundraiser. The event includes a social hour, short awards ceremony and inspiring stories of hope, perseverance and, ultimately, sweet success.


YWCA St. Paul has been working for racial and gender equity for more than 110 years. 

Our programs advance racial equity by helping low-income individuals and families—especially women and youth of color—overcome barriers to access and achieve success in areas characterized by significant racial disparities: housing, income and employment, health and wellness, and academic achievement.

Our community events, from community conversations on divisive issues to educational workshops on domestic violence, help inform and bring people together to strengthen our communities.

As a community, we can ensure that all Minnesotans have access to peace, justice, freedom and dignity. 

2019 Change Maker
Phyllis Rawls Goff

In addition to honoring the successes of two program participants, YWCA St. Paul is excited to celebrate our 2019 Change Maker Honoree Phyllis Rawls Goff. Phyllis Rawls Goff is a prolific volunteer with numerous Twin Cities nonprofits, including the Minnesota Historical Society, the McKnight Foundation and YWCA St. Paul. Prior to her retirement, Goff held executive roles in telecommunications, higher education administration, and philanthropy, with experience in government relations, community affairs, and administrative, financial and operational activities.

Event Details

Date & Time

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5–7 p.m.

Business attire preferred.


James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota

Click to see location on Google Maps.


The official event parking is Anderson Parking Facility, located on the corner of Cretin and Grand Avenue.

For alternative parking needs, please contact Michelle Daniel at 
651-265-0722 for information.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors




Barbara E. Tretheway

Venue Sponsor


Beverly Jones Heydinger

Paris Watts-Stanfield

Smith Family Foundation


Mara & Landon Ascheman

Frank & Betsy Russomanno

Chris & Stew Widdess

Cassandra & Robert Yarbrough

Sweet Success sponsorship connects your organization to YWCA St. Paul’s legacy and impact.
Click to view sponsorship opportunities.

Missed Sweet Success 2018?
Here's a taste of what you missed.

Close to 325 people attended Sweet Success 2018, where they enjoyed a program honoring two program participants and our Change Maker, former Board Chair Shawntera Hardy (now Commissioner of the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development). The evening was emceed by T Mychael Rambo, with a welcome by Mayor Melvin Carter and a video message from Senator Amy Klobuchar.


Questions? Contact Michelle Daniel, Director of Development, at 651-265-0722 or

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