SEATTLE, WA — Seattle’s Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is celebrating its 100-year anniversary serving the Central District with a big party at Powell Barnett Park on Thursday.
The celebration — called the Party In The Park — will feature giveaways, appearances by Seahawks dancers and mascots, and activities for kids.
The YWCA got its start in the Central District in 1919 when black women founded the Phyllis Wheatley Branch after being denied access to the main Seattle YWCA. The Wheatley Branch was operated out of a house until 1952, when the East Cherry Branch was built.
The East Cherry YWCA, 2820 East Cherry St., is home to the Central District food bank, and offers emergency housing and parenting programs.
Thursday’s Party In The Park kicks off at 4 p.m., and the first 100 attendees will get free shirts and ice cream. There are more details available at the Facebook event page.