LAWRENCE - Rebecca A. Hall, longtime executive director of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, was recently elected chairwoman of the YWCA USA National Coordinating Board.
Hall, who previously served as board vice chairwoman, was chosen during the YWCA USA National Conference and Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. She will serve in office for one year.
"Becky's experience, acumen and leadership are critical for the YWCA USA as our organization continues to be a key voice and resource for women in communities across the U.S." said Gloria Lau, chief executive officer for YWCA USA in a statement.
As National Coordinating Board chair, Hall will oversee selection of a new national chief executive officer of the YWCA USA and development of national strategies to advance the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
"I am honored and proud to serve as chair of the National Coordinating Board, particularly during this current political climate when the YWCA is strongly advocating for the needs of women and families who might not otherwise be heard," said Hall.
Hall has served as executive director of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence since 1991. She previously served as the director of the YWCA in Haverhill.
Gonzalez, bank launch sweepstakes
LAWRENCE — Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez and Eastern Bank will award one lucky winner $2,500 in cash in the "Mentoring Wins" sweepstakes, which will also generate funds for five youth mentoring programs in eastern Massachusetts, including Family Service Inc. of Lawrence.
Gonzalez and Eastern Bank will together donate $5 per entry for the first 6,000 total sweepstakes entries received to a fund that will be distributed evenly among five local youth mentoring programs.
Gonzalez and Eastern Bank kicked off the sweepstakes with a surprise by making a combined $20,000 donation to start the fund.
The sweepstakes entries could generate an additional $30,000 for a total donation of $50,000 spread evenly among the five youth mentor programs.