EmBe celebrates 100 years of service with the ribbon cutting on Wednesday

EmBe celebrates 100 years of service with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

EmBe began working in Sioux Falls in 1921 (then as the YWCA) but was officially incorporated on September 7, 1922.

“That’s why we chose this day to celebrate,” said EmBe Marketing Director Melissa Carter. “And it’s a party to keep us going.”

The event is open to the public and will take place in downtown EmBe at 300 W. 11th Street.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with refreshments and get-togethers.

A short program and ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. will include a performance from one of EmBe’s Spanish immersion classes as well as presentations from EmBe CEO Kerri Tietgen and Director of Development Susanne Gale.

They plant to talk about the history of EmBe and what the future looks like, as well as to promote the ongoing Core to Core campaign to raise $100,000 in 100 days.

Children play during daycare Tuesday, Jan. 5 at EmBe in Sioux Falls.

The campaign kicked off on June 20 and to date they have raised $64,000, which will go towards supporting EmBe’s mission of empowering women and families to enrich their lives.

It’s a mission that began with the creation of women’s organizations two years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Since then, EmBe has promoted its mission by offering programs such as Women to the Workforce, Dress for Success and the Women’s Leadership Program.

The organization also pioneered pre-school education in the region. Currently, they provide child development programs and child care to nearly 900 children in Sioux Falls and Mitchell.

EmBe also built the first swimming pool in downtown Sioux Falls and pioneered the preschool in the area.

They also provide child development programs and child care services to nearly 900 children in Sioux Falls and Mitchell.

People can read specific stories from EmBe’s history on their website.

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