November 18, 2011 14:09 ET

YWCA of Calgary Raises More Than $630,000 at Inaugural 'WHYWHISPER' Gala

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2011) - The YWCA of Calgary is proud to announce their inaugural WHYWHISPER Gala, which took place yesterday evening at the TELUS Convention Centre raised more than $630,000 for the YWCA of Calgary.

Guests were engaged by keynote speaker, the former Governer General, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, who is now UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. Mme. Jean spoke to the crowd about her own personal experience at the YWCA of Montreal, and the importance of the role of the YWCA in Calgary, and worldwide.

The event chair for the evening was Jane McCaig and the Honorary Chairs for the inaugural event included M. Ann McCaig and W. Brett Wilson. Jane, Ann, and Brett spoke to the crowd about their own personal experiences with the YWCA, and how the YWCA of Calgary has impacted them personally.

The WHYWHISPER Gala helped draw attention to issues around domestic violence, homelessness and poverty, and celebrated Calgarians who choose to stand up and speak out for those who have no voice.

"We are so thrilled to have raised over $630,000 at our first annual WHYWHISPER Gala," said Sue Tomney, CEO of the YWCA of Calgary. "We cannot thank the Calgary community enough for the overwhelming response we've received in support of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of Calgary's most vulnerable women and children."

To finish off the wonderful evening and formal programme of the night the YWCA hosted a "Share Drive" which encouraged audience members to commit to purchasing shares which represented "Intervention," "Empowerment" and "Leadership." The "Share Drive" was an amazing success, raising over $237,000 and contributing to the overall fundraising total of over $630,000.

About the YWCA of Calgary

The YWCA of Calgary has been a vital piece of Calgary's social and economic fabric since 1910. On December 16, 2010 the organization celebrated 100 years of service to women and their children. Their long history in the community and their connection to YWCAs across the country and around the world has established their reputation as leaders working on behalf of Calgary's most vulnerable women and children. Breaking the cycles of domestic violence, poverty and homelessness are at the heart of their mission and mandate. The YWCA of Calgary represents one of the largest charities in the city, serving more than 12,000 Calgarians in 2010 alone.

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