Registration for Circle Event 2024 is Open!

Registration is Open for Circle Event 2024

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2024

Time: 11:30am-1pm

Location: The Diamond Room at Ceruti's Catering, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818

Theme: Breaking Barriers with Confidence, Comforts, and Care

Download our 2024 Circle Sponsorship Proposal

We want to invite you to come together with us as a community for this year’s Circle Event, “Breaking Barriers with Confidence, Comforts, and Care.” Local survivors will bravely tell their stories and reflect on their past, letting others know it is possible to overcome barriers to experience a better day. Alongside the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, we will have other experts address the top barriers preventing someone from escaping domestic violence. A staff member from the YWCA will also share the services that we offer to equip and empower individuals in a domestic violence situation to break barriers. Additionally, those who no longer wish to be bystanders will be provided with ways in which they can provide support to those who deserve a more beautiful day!

Circle 2024

Thursday, October 3, 2024 from 11:30-1pm

If you would like to commit to hosting a table at our 2024 event, please contact Emily McCorkle at

Host a Table

Will you host a table at YWCA’s Circle Event? As a Table Host, you would simply invite members of your network to join you at the luncheon, and to help influence support for YWCA.

Last year alone, we served 764 adults with one-on-one domestic violence advocacy, the highest ever in our agency’s history. As a powerful and influential person, we are asking that you and your tribe help make all the difference in raising life-saving dollars for those fleeing from domestic violence.

Table Captains are standouts because they are integral to the success of Circle and have the goal to (literally) bring people to the table who would be willing to learn more about YWCA’s mission and make a financial contribution to support YWCA’s domestic violence services.

To become a Table Host, select “Host Tables” at the top right of our event page and continue through registration. We have expanded ticket options for Table Hosts to making hosting a table more accessible. In addition to purchasing seats for a whole table ($800) or seats for a half table ($400), you can also elect to pay half the registration fees for their table guests ($450 for eight guests) or pay the lunch cost for their guests ($275 for eight guests). Guests are then responsible for paying the reminder of their ticket price when they register, using a special discount code. The option also remains to purchase a general admission ticket and invite guests to your table who will also each pay their full ticket cost.

Learn more about hosting a table here.

To use your power of one and host a table, please contact Emily at Each table seats eight and tickets to Circle are $100 a piece. Shared tables can be accommodated as well.

Become a Sustaining Circle Donor

Our clients come to us from domestic violence situations, often fleeing crises inside their homes. When they arrive at our crisis shelter, Bonnie’s House, clients find a circle of support that includes one-on-one advocacy services, onsite therapy, housing coordination, support groups, services for children, and more.

Will you join this circle of support by making your gift as a member of our Sustaining Circle? All Sustaining Circle donors will be recognized at the event if gifts are received by Monday, October 2 and your donation includes registration to this year’s event. Please contact Emily McCorkle, Engagement Coordinator, at with your pledge or any questions.

Advocate: $3,000+       Visionary: $1,500 – $2,999       Leader: $1,000 – $1,499       Partner: $500 – $999

Give online here

If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check out to “YWCA Northeast Indiana” with “Circle Donation” on the memo line, and mail it to:

YWCA Northeast Indiana
Attn: Kara Gruss
5920 Decatur Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

Find more ways to give to YWCA here!

The Peggy Hobbs Service Award began in 1977 with the intent to honor a woman of outstanding personal development, achievement, and dedication as a volunteer. YWCA Northeast Indiana continues Peggy’s legacy by presenting the Peggy Hobbs Service Award to a woman who embodies the passion, commitment, and dedication of Peggy Hobbs at YWCA’s annual Circle event. 

Pictured: Pictured: Dottie Davis, Kimberly Koczan (2023 Peggy Hobbs Award Recipients), and Paula Hughes-Schuh (CEO, YWCA Northeast Indiana)

To nominate someone for the 2024 Peggy Hobbs Award, please fill out this form by July 31, 2024.

Showcase your company’s community values with an event sponsorship! 

Email Emily at if you are interested in sponsoring our 2024 event. View our 2024 Circle Sponsorship Proposal.

Sponsors are not required to fill any or all of the seats at their table(s). YWCA is happy to help sponsor their table(s) and will work with sponsors ahead of the event to ensure table seats are able to be filled. Please contact Emily at for more information! 

Thank you to our 2024 top level Dignity Sponsor:

Circle began 28 years ago with a group of women who had an idea to raise funds for YWCA’s domestic violence shelter. They wanted 100 women to come together and each donate $100 in support of YWCA’s domestic violence services. At that time in the late 90s, few believed that women had the financial capital to come together and put on a successful fundraising event. The doubters were proved wrong: Circle was immensely successful and continued on as a women-only fundraising event for at least a decade. In the mid-2000s, men were invited to join Circle for the first time. 

The goal of Circle has always been and continues to be to provide a circle of financial support for individuals and their children experiencing domestic violence in northeast Indiana. Circle raises both awareness and funds for YWCA’s life changing domestic violence services.

Pictured: 2023 Circle Steering Committee and Event Volunteers

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to our 2024 top level Dignity Sponsor:

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