Women's Center for Advancement

The Women’s Center for Advancement building at 3801 Harney St. when it was nearing completion in February 2018.

The Women’s Center for Advancement this week continued a long tradition of celebrating “extraordinary women” in the community.

The organization, which works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking, honored 10 women Thursday during a luncheon at the Omaha Marriott -Capitol District.

The 2019 honorees:

  • Susan Courtney, executive vice president, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.
  • Deborah R. Gilg, J.D., founder, Fearless, Fierce and Forward; retired U.S. attorney for Nebraska.
  • Cindy Gonzalez, reporter, Omaha World-Herald.
  • Gail Graeve, vice president of community affairs and corporate events, Mutual of Omaha.
  • Anne Hindrey, CEO, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands.
  • Andrea Kathol, owner, Field Day Development.
  • Jamalia L. Parker, director of family engagement services, Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
  • Jessica Pate, community volunteer and co-founder, The Force.
  • Denise Powell, partner, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture; co-founder, Women Who Run -Nebraska.
  • Dr. Athena Ramos, assistant professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health.

The event typically raises more than $100,000, which benefits women served by the center. Visit the group’s website to donate.

In 2018, the WCA moved to its current location at 3801 Harney St., a nearly $11 million move that tripled its space.

Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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