YWCA hosts the Women of Distinction Gala Thursday at Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton

EAST ALTON – The YWCA of Alton is celebrating the 2022 Women of Distinction with a gala event Thursday at Julia’s Banquet Center, 101 EastGate Plaza, in East Alton.

Admission is at 5:15 p.m., the event starts at 6:00 p.m

2022 honorees include Vernetta G. Caffey, Robin Carlton, Cathy Coffman, Terrien Fennoy, Debra Frakes, Nancy Johnson, Latasha LeFlore Porter, Nancy Orrill, Faye Walker-Taylor and Staci Westfall-Herron.

All proceeds from the Women of Distinction celebration support programs related to the YWCA mission including child enrichment, girls circle, boys council, community education, racial/social justice, and economic advancement and empowerment of women.

Here’s what else is happening in the area:


• Living Lands & Waters River Cleanup, 9:00am-12:00pm; Learn more and register at bit.ly/clean-up22.

• 2022 Riverbend CEO Trade Show: 5-7pm, Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis Area Hotel, 3559 College Ave., Alton.

• Alton City Council Meeting: 6:30 pm, Alton City Hall, 101 E. 3rd St., Alton.

• Montessori Student Art Exhibition: 10:00 am, Ahlemeyer Atrium, TR141, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• Brown Bag Event, Piano Music: Old and New, Pauline Stillwell, pianist: 12:30 p.m., Ringhausen Music Building, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• LCCC Faculty Concert: 7:00pm, Ringhausen Music Building, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• MCU Trivia Night: 6pm-9pm, The Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton.

• Jay and Waylon: 6pm-10pm, Bon Air from Fast Eddie, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Alton VFW: 7pm-9pm, Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 Alby St., Alton.

• Danny Kalaher: 6pm-9pm, Moussalli’s Prime, 7415 IL-143, Edwardsville.

• Living Loud: 6-9 p.m., Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, 132 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Wigglers: 7pm-9pm, Wiggler’s Bar and Grill, 7243 Saint James Dr., Edwardsville.

• Celebrate Recovery Alton: 6:30-9:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., Alton.

• Take Off Pounds Sensably (TOPS): Weigh-in at 9:00 am; 9:45 a.m., meet immediately after weigh-in until 10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 160 E. Lorena Ave., Wood River. For more information, call 618-259-7343.

• Al-Anon Meeting: 9:15 am, First Baptist Church, Room 107 (Ringsummer), 201 S. Moreland Road, Bethalto.

• Al-Anon Meeting: 7 p.m., Upper Alton Baptist Church and Preschool, 2726 College Ave., Alton. For more information, call 618-463-2429. To find other helpful meetings, visit SIAFG.org and District-18.org.


• YWCA 2022 Women of Distinction Gala: 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.), Julia’s Banquet Center, 101 EastGate Plaza, East Alton.

• Kooliverse Couture Art Pop-Up: 6-8pm, The Conservatory, 554 E. Broadway, Alton. There will be pop-up stores by artists Suzy Farren and Amy Mareing, led by Patricia Badman.

Tree Planting with Trees Forever: 9am-12pm, Piasa Park, Illinois Route 100, Alton.

• The Truckers: 7pm-11pm, Bon Air by Fast Eddie, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

Car Cruise-In: 3pm-9pm, Bakers and Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave., Godfrey.

Madison County Fundraiser: 5-7 p.m., Global Brew Tap House, 2329 Plum St., Edwardsville.

• Trivia on Thursday Nights: 7-9pm, The Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville.

• Pennsylvania Slim: 5pm-8pm, Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill, 215 Harvard Drive, Edwardsville.

• Mississippi Valley Garden Club – Plant Swap: 7:00 pm, Bethalto Senior Center, 100 E. Central St., Bethalto.

• East Alton History Museum Open: 1pm-4pm, East Alton History Museum, 119 N Main St., East Alton.

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern Illinois Zoom Meetings: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Registration is required to receive the meeting link. Email Pat Rudloff, silverlining6@charter.net to register.

• A Course in Miracles: 1:00 pm, New Bethel UMC, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. For more information, call 618-288-7910 or 618-698-5088.

• Karaoke with DJ Toni: 8pm to midnight, Martin’s Tunes & Eats, 575 S. 6th St., Wood River.

• Karaoke Thursday: 6:30pm-10:00pm, Holiday Shores Marina, 100 Elm Drive, Edwardsville.

• Cornhole Tournament: 9pm-11pm, Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill, 2511 IL-157, Edwardsville.

• The Roundtable: 4pm-7pm, AOS Alternative Office Space, 219 Eastgate Plaza, East Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo: 7pm-9pm, Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 2477 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville.


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