YWCA Puts on 23rd Tribute to Outstanding Women Awards Dinner


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The 23rd Tribute to Outstanding Women Awards will be held as a dinner event by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Cambridge, or YWCA at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21. The event is held annually, and serves the purpose of honoring women who bring honor and hope to the community.

This year, the theme of the awards is “on a mission,” and each honoree was selected for their history of passion, motivation, and commitment to our community, and the event is held in recognition of their efforts.

2015 Honorees include:

  • Debbie Irving, a Racial Justice Educator and Writer, author of Waking Up White, whose blog can be found here.
  • Renee McLeod, owner of Petsi Pies and Tupelo Restaurant in Inman square.
  • Maisha Moses, the executive director of Young People’s Project, a major force in increasing math literacy as a way of eliminating obstacles many students face in school.
  • Linda O’Callahan, former director of YWCA Cambridge’s Marshfield Branch.
  • Erinn Pearson, owner of Simply Erinn’s Unisex Salon, which caters to people of all ages, genders, and hair types.
  • Debra Wise, the artistic director at Underground Railway Theater in Central Square.
  • The recipient of the 2015 Ruth Barron Award will be Rev. Virginia Ward, an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church near Central Square.
  • The recipient of the 2015 OUtstanding Young Woman Award will be Myrline Thomson, of Class of 2016 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

One of the primary roles the YWCA serves in the community is to provide affordable housing for women and families in need. The YWCA also holds events and runs programs directed towards closing the achievement gaps. Their website is here.