Rey’s Point Of View: YWCA Northern NJ Walk The Talk Gala 2022

November 17, 2022

The fabulous YWCA of Northern New Jersey Walking the Talk 2022 gala was held at the Westmount Country Club located in Woodland Park NJ. 

The event took place on November 1st, 2022    

The red-carpet event, hosted by supermodel Emme, welcomed attendees to a modern and warm elegant space. 

Throughout the evening, the energy was high and the atmosphere empowering.  Guests were supportive of the organization’s mission in support of gender equity & empowerment, racial justice & equality, and safety, support, & wellness. 


An evening of entertainment by celebrity DJ Prince Hakim and a silent auction was the icing on the cake for a night filled with inspiration.

Honorees included Deborah Q. Belfatto, Community Activist & Founder and Former Executive Director of The Susan Komen North Jersey Affiliate, Susan Livio, Statehouse (Health) Reporter NJ Advance Media Star-Ledger/nj.co, Judy Newman, President and Reader in Chief of Scholastic Book Clubs, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, New Jersey General Assembly, 35th Legislative District and Deborah Visconi, CEO & President Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

The Red Carpet


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The YWCA Northern New Jersey

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world.  For over a century, YWCA Northern New Jersey has been on the forefront of the fight against gender and racial discrimination.  We work to build more just and inclusive communities through programs for women and girls, anti-racism training, and policy advocacy.  We operate healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center.  We are also one of the area’s largest providers of childcare services and senior wellness programs.
In 2019, we changed our name from YWCA Bergen County to YWCA Northern New Jersey to reflect our expansion into Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County, and Passaic County, while deepening our mission in Bergen County where we will always be firmly rooted. ywcannj.org

Photo credit: 1-7) David Rodriguez.

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