Peggy Hobbs Service Award

“Children deserve a home and childhood free from abuse.”

-Peggy Hobbs


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

 

In 1967, Peggy Hobbs enrolled in an art class at YWCA when it was located on Wayne Street. Her passion and commitment led her from developing her art interest to volunteering at YWCA. As the years passed, her passion for women’s rights, dedication to the empowerment of women, and her own personal development moved her to volunteer with YWCA. Peggy started on the Board of Directors in 1971 and became board president in 1973 (serving in that role for three years). Peggy’s leadership as president was a binding force during a time of change and expansion for YWCA. 

The 1970s was a time where women and women’s organizations had little stature in the community; however, as YWCA’s board president, Peggy Hobbs rose to the challenge. During her three years of board leadership, she successfully advocated for YWCA to remain separate from YMCA, paving the way for her greatest success: the establishment of YWCA’s domestic violence shelter. Peggy and a group of dedicated community volunteers decided to bring to light the seriousness of domestic violence in the Fort Wayne area, an issue that was little discussed at the time.

In 1976, Peggy’s vision and passion led to YWCA opening the first shelter for victims of domestic violence in the state of Indiana. YWCA’s domestic violence crisis shelter today is one of the state’s oldest and most successful domestic violence services program. 

The Peggy Hobbs Service Award started in 1977, and the intent of the award is 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 community volunteer who embodies the passion, commitment, and dedication of Peggy Hobbs.

  • 1976 Peggy Hobbs established first shelter for victims of domestic violence in the state of Indiana
  • 1977 Peggy Hobbs Service Award inaugural year (first awarded to Carolyn Louden)
  • 1977–1997 A different community volunteer is recognized each year with the Peggy Hobbs Service Award
  • 2001 After a brief hiatus, the Peggy Hobbs Service Award is established and presented again
  • 2006 Peggy Hobbs Service Award nominations opened to community members for the first time (previously nominated by staff)
  • 2019 Peggy Hobbs Service Award presented for the first time at Circle instead of at the Annual Meeting

1977 – Carolyn Louden

1978 – Judith Beinicke

1979 – Kathleen Wood

1980 – Rosemary Lanning

1981Marion Coufoudakis

1982Nancy Rogers

1983Phyllis Thompson

1984Carole Fuller

1985Marjorie F. Graham

1986Joan Corry

1987Edith Dickerhoof

1988Barbara Williams

1989Marty Lawson

1990Gloria Beckner

1991Ginny Clark

1992Juanita Mendenhall

1993Pat Harrison

1994Sarah Shroyer Smith

1995Corrine Brooks

1996Vicki McClelland

1997 – Mary L. Morris

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2001Amanda Bedwell

2002Trish Fox

2003Holly Amber

2004Marita Hattem

2006Elizabeth A. Frederick

2007Myra Shelby Scott

2008Rosa Wheeler

2009Kimberly Christmon

2010Rita Bennett-Sheirbon

2011Carol Durham

2012Jennifer Manning

2013Katrina Kay

2014 – Marsha Smiley

2015Sue Ehinger

2016 – Faith Van Gilder

2017 – Denita Washington

2018 – Betsy Kachmar

2019Rikki Goldstein

2020 – Michelle Chambers

2021 – Alicia O’Neal

2022 – Andrea Mills

2023 – Dottie Davis & Kimberly Koczan