Local advocate and philanthropist from Cincinnati wins YWCA award

Francie Pepper, YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner
Francie Pepper, YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Francie Pepper, longtime advocate and philanthropist from Cincinnati, is one of four women in the country being recognized by the YWCA USA for their first Women of Distinction Award.

Other women being recognized include former Representative Gabby Giffords, Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth and Elouise Cobell.

The YWCA USA Women of Distinction Award recognizes and honors professional women from the private and public sectors from across the United States who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role models for other successful women.

Francie Pepper is being recognized for her years of work in support of women, girls and racial justice.

She has served on the board of her YWCA in Cincinnati since 1996 and served as Chair of the board from 2000 through 2004.

The YWCA says she has played a critical role for women who have experienced domestic violence, co-chairing a YWCA capital campaign that raised $7.5 million for a larger shelter that tripled the agency's capacity to serve battered women and their children so they wouldn't have to be put on a waiting list.

The WOD recipients will be honored at a gala during the YWCA USA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 4, 2012.

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