YWCA honors local women

Haley GuidryAround Town, Feature

YWCA Knoxville held the Tribute to Women celebration Sept. 13, starting with a reception at First Tennessee Plaza, followed by the award ceremony at the Bijou Theatre. This is the 34th year that the YWCA has honored outstanding women within the community.


These women are recognized by the YWCA for eliminating racism, empowering women, promoting peace, justice, dignity and freedom for all, and for enriching our community.

The 2018 Tribute to Women honorees are:

Arts and Education, Elizabeth Nelson, manager of Fountain City Branch Library.

Business and Professional Leadership, Edwena Crowe, director of documents and records management for Consolidated Nuclear Security (Y-12 National Security Complex).

Community Service and Government, Maureen Dunn McBride, retired executive vice president and general counsel for Tennessee Valley Authority.

Health and Human Services, Louise McKown, retired public awareness coordinator and disability advocate for ETTAC.

Technology, Research and Innovation, Dr. Tara Pandya, R&D staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The entertainment for the night was The Young Fables, who are Maryville natives.

YWCA president Julia Bentley and board member Karen Mann

YWCA board member Judith Foltz with director of grants and women’s advocacy Hannah Brinson

Louise McKown, honoree in the Health and Human Services category

Attorney Neil McBride with Mayor Madeline Rogero

Health and Human Services finalist Sue Buckley and YWCA board member Kara McFarland

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