The Leighton Award winner is...

Every year, a local non-profit organization receives a big honor for all their hard work.

Today, dozens gathered at century center in south bend to see who would win the 2007 Leighton award.

The 100-thousand dollar matching grant is voted on by the community foundation of Saint Joseph County.

This year, the YWCA was the big winner.

"We're just tremendously impressed by the work the YWCA has been doing for so many years in our community and wanted to give special recognition to Linda Baechle who has done a great job," Rose Meissner,
President of the CFSJC.

"It is so exciting, I'll tell you before they announced my heart was "thump thump thump" and I was sitting there thinking please let it be us," Linda Baechle, executive director of YWCA

If the YWCA raises 100-thousand dollars, the community foundation will match the amount.

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