The YWCA of the City of New York’s sixth annual Summer Soirée and W Award presentation will take place on Thursday, June 24 at the Trump SoHo New York at 246 Spring Street beginning at 6:00 PM. Jerome D. Grant, the YWCA-NYC’s Vice President of Development and External Affairs announced that the organization will be honoring Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
Created in 2005, the YWCA-NYC’s W Award honors women and companies that embody the YW’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. A visionary, innovator and trendsetter, the past W Award honorees are all prominent figures or organizations that stand as an example for all to aspire. Past recipients include Marian McEvoy, founding editor of Elle Décor and former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful; TV personality Star Jones; CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien; New York Times bestselling travel writer Patricia Schultz; Carla Hendra, Co-CEO of Ogilvy North America; the editors of Women’s Health magazine; WNBC-TV’s meteorologist Janice Huff, New York Liberty’s Kym Hampton, and Hyperion publishing executive Barbara Jones.
“The YWCA-NYC Summer Soirée is New York City’s premier inter-generational event in celebration of contemporary women. It brings together families and guests from all over the city in support of our mission. This year we are pleased to honor Donna Hayes with the W Awards. Ms. Hayes embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. She is an excellent role model for the women in the YW’s programs – the next generation of leaders!” says Anne Winters-Bishop, the YWCA-NYC’s CEO.
Donna Hayes, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin Enterprises Limited, is a 25-year veteran who has worked in almost all areas of the company. She is most notably the first woman to run the company since Harlequin was founded in Winnipeg in 1949. Harlequin Enterprises is one of the leading global publishers of books for women, publishing close to 110 titles a month in 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Hayes has widened the scope of Harlequin’s focus from romance fiction to publisher of books (fiction and nonfiction) for women. Many of the company’s most successful lines were developed under her leadership. Above all, she stresses Harlequin’s mission to entertain, enrich and inspire women.
The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and the annual “Box Project” silent auction in addition to the awards ceremony. Tickets to the event (starting at $225) can be purchased by contacting Sara Raassi at (212) 735-9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the YW’s website at www.ywcanyc.org .