Who runs the world? Outstanding women do and we spent Saturday evening honoring seven outstanding women during the Annual 2022 Celebrating Women fundraising event hosted by Friends of a Woman’s Place (FAWP). A Women’s Place is the only domestic violence shelter/safe house in all of Weld, County.

While the name can be deceiving anyone that is experiencing domestic violence can be helped here. The safe house serves as a critical lifeline for those who need it in our community. Last year, A Women’s Place provided safe shelter for 356 individuals (men, women, and children), and provided 167 presentations to the public about domestic violence and the growing problem of teen dating violence. Friends of A Women’s Place is a volunteer organization that supports the mission of A Woman’s place by fundraising and community education. The FAWP board worked for months to produce this year’s event.

The seven women that were honored this year were: Delia Haefeli, Glenda Haines, Sue Hubert, Patricia Sorbo, Lisa Taylor, Amy Valencia-Ortiz and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Barbara Maxfield. Each of these women was chosen because of their involvement with their community and have altered the lives around them for the better.

The night began with attendees checking in at the registration table and greeting/mingling in the lobby while waiting for the program to begin. Upon entering the newly built Aims Community College Welcome center auditorium attendees were met with musical entertainment by The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet (Frank Cook, Noah Lambert, Devon Park, Madison Sinan and Adam Snider).

Vocalist Scott VanBeber opened the program with The National Anthem, followed by a welcome and opening remarks by Friends of a Woman’s Place co-presidents Brandi Nieto and Amy Boyd. Founding FAWP member and former president Jean Schober Morrell introduced each honoree, and the audience enjoyed a short video about the outstanding women and how their efforts have altered the community. The last honoree was the Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Barbara Maxfield. The program wrapped up with a State of the Agency address by A Woman’s Place Executive Director Diane Heldt and a special recognition of all former honorees.

After the pictures and thank yous were completed attendees were shown out to the lobby for hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and entertainment from Singer/Songwriter Gii Astorga.

If you or anyone you know is in a domestic violence situation and needs help please contact A Woman’s Place at (970) 356-4226

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