Leader Luncheon 2020/2021

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LEADER LUNCHEON 2020: Celebrating 37 years!

The Leader Luncheon is a signature event of the YWCA Elgin, held annually to honor deserving women for their outstanding accomplishments as well as raising funds to support the work of the organization. After careful consideration, the Leader Luncheon Committee and the YWCA Board of Directors have decided to cancel Leader Luncheon 2020. This difficult decision was made anticipating we will still be in Phase Four of the COVID-19 guidance, allowing only 50 guests at group functions. Instead, we will look forward to gathering for our 2021 YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon, now scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Seville in Streamwood, IL. All reservations and sponsorship purchased for Leader Luncheon 2020 will be honored at next year’s event.

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Leader Luncheon nominees will now become the 2021 nominees. This will allow us to properly celebrated them for their incredible accomplishments. Also, Sharon Bush the Executive Director of the Grand Victoria Casino has agreed to stay on and be the 2021 Leader Luncheon Speaker.

We happily anticipate sharing a special day of celebration with you in the Spring of an exciting new year! Thank you for your generosity, patience, and support of the YWCA Elgin. If you have any questions, please contact Alana Freedman, Director of Marketing & Fundraising, at afreedman@ywcaelgin.org.


Registration to attend Leader Luncheon is open, and seats/tables are selling quickly. Reserve your seat today!

Reserve Your Seat

Leader Luncheon 2021 Speaker


Leader Luncheon is YWCA Elgin’s primary fundraising event. Funds from the event are used to develop and expand programming and advocacies for women and families’ economic self-sufficiency with a clear commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

Click here for more information about sponsorship levels.

Become a Sponsor


Title Sponsor - $3,000Leader Circle Table Sponsor - $1,250Gold Star Sponsor - $500Silver Star Sponsors - $250Circle of Friends Sponsors - $100
EFS FoundationCarol EliasBetty BrownKCT Credit Union
Karen FoxMurna Hansemann
Prairie Community BankLois Myers-Bauer
Thomas & Madalena Lawrence
W.R. Meadows Inc.

The YWCA Elgin will be closed to the public due to the weather on Tuesday, January 26th, this means:

-NO English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

-NO Family Literacy classes

-NO School Age Childcare

Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The YWCA Elgin will reopen, weather permitting, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.