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YWCA of Northwest Ohio Events

The YWCA of Northwest Ohio has an assortment of events throughout the year, including:

Celebrity Wait Night
An annual fun fall event to celebrate local celebrities by having them wait on friends and family while raising funds for the programs of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio.

Denim Day
This annual and global event raises awareness about sexual assault and how to support survivors of rape and sexual assault. Participants pay to wear jeans at their workplace for a day and the funds raised are donated to the YWCA HOPE Rape Crisis Center. For more information on how your organization can participate, contact

YWCA-Pollyball Health Fair
Each August free screenings are available at the YWCA Healthy Connections Health Fair.  Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, PAP smears, clinical breast examinations, vision and hearing screenings, bone density scans, and HIV testing will be offered to attendees.

Milestones: A Tribute to Women 
Each March during National Women’s History Month, the YWCA presents awards to women who have reached significant milestones in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Government, Social Services, and Volunteerism.

A Pollyball Tournament developed and organized, by the Hylant family in memory of their sister Polly Hylant-Tracy. In 1991, Polly lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her husband, three very young daughters and eight siblings. Now in its 27th year, the tournament supports the YWCA of Northwest Ohio breast cancer program.

Purple Purse
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is a fundraising competition where charities
benefiting domestic violence survivors compete to raise the most money, with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations from The Allstate Foundation. The competition occurs each October. To help the YWCA raise funds, donate here.

Stand Against Racism Conference
Stand Against Racism is an annual event in which the YWCA presents vital information on racism and race relations. Each year we offer a keynote speaker on racism and encourage open discussion among participants about race relations.

Unity March
Since January of 2017, the YWCA has hosted a unity march for citizens to express their feelings about race, immigration, health care and other topics in a positive and peaceful manner. Over 600 hundred citizens from Toledo and the surrounding areas have attended.

Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with YWCA’s across the country and around the world. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally. That’s why, for more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Join us each October as we hold events, share information and stories, advocate, and more with a  common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.

Woman to Woman
Woman to Woman is a yearly luncheon, which celebrates the power of women’s philanthropy while demonstrating to the community the programs of the YWCA and educating the attendees about important issues affecting all women. The first Woman to Woman luncheon was held in May of 2000 with great success. More than 200 women attended. Women and children who have directly benefited from the YWCA’s programs and services are the keynote speakers, describing the impact our agency has had on their lives.

All proceeds from our events benefit the programs of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio. If you have any questions about our events or how to become a sponsor call the YWCA of Northwest Ohio at 419-241-3235 or via email at