Susan Hickingbotham Named 2019 Woman of the Year


Women & Children First have selected Susan Hickingbotham as its 2019 Woman of the Year.

Choosing Susan Hickingbotham for the 2019 Woman of the Year was a “no brainer” for the organization, said Natalie Rockefeller, co-chair of the event. “She is a previous WCF Board Member. She’s volunteered in our Gentle Jungle (daycare) reading to and caring for our younger guests. She and her husband, Herren, have been supporters of Woman of the Year since its inception. But that’s not what makes Susan an incredible Woman of the Year. She has such a good heart. Susan is a caring, loyal, giving person, an amazing mom to her kids, Hayden and Christian. Susan is a true friend to Women and Children First.”

Women & Children First is an organization that works to empower women and their children to live independently and free from domestic violence. They provide crisis intervention, safe shelter, social and legal advocacy and support services. The mission of Women & Children First is “Safety, strength, and hope for all victims of family violence.”

“I got to know Susan when we competed against each other in a local charity event.  She was so sweet, and kind, and funny!  You can just tell that she has a good heart.  I was thrilled when she was chosen as Woman of the Year, and I’m so happy to work with her on this event!” said Rachel Harding, co-chair for Woman of the Year.

The organization has a different Woman of the Year each year and the 2018 Woman of the Year is Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder. The first Woman of the Year event took place thirteen years ago. It was created to bring awareness to domestic violence, and to inspire people to talk about it, join the fight to end it, and continue providing a safe place for the victims of it. The event is a chance to honor those strong, empowering women in the community who see the need to end domestic violence and get involved to help find that end.

There will be a gala to honor and celebrate Susan Hickingbotham, for all that she has done for Women & Children First. The gala will be catered to her liking, having her favorite foods, flowers, and music. “But being a Woman of the Year is more than just the night of the celebration, it’s a celebration of life and the continued commitment to providing safety, strength, and hope for all victims of domestic violence.” Rockefeller said.

In 2017, Women & Children First provided more than 13,000 safe nights for their guests. They assisted with more than 842 Orders of Protection, and they provided a safe place for more than 565 adults and 436 children.  Woman of the Year helps provide more than one third of the yearly operating budget for WCF.

The gala will be held Feb. 16, 2019.

Congratulations Susan Hickingbotham!

Read more about the 2018 Woman of the Year, Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder here

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