Friends for Bates

Friends for Bates – SAVE THE DATE!

Join us on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Springdale Golf Club for a cocktail reception. Funds raised will benefit YWCA Princeton’s Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund. Stay tuned for more information!

The Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance so women, children, and families can access YWCA Princeton’s programs.

Sponsorship opportunities available now — click here!

Questions? Email or call (609) 497-2100 x 316.


In 2019, with support from our Board of Directors, the Friends Steering Committee, and the Benefactors for Bates Committee, YWCA Princeton will host a new event. Friends for Bates, which combines the Annual Friends Luncheon and the Benefactors for Bates event, will raise funds for the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund.

We appreciate your support of our Friends for Bates event!

History of the Annual Friends Luncheon

The Annual Friends Luncheon was held annually for a core group of supporters, the Friends, of YWCA Princeton. The Friends provide unrestricted support to YWCA Princeton’s Annual Fund beginning at the $200 level.

The Friends Steering Committee helped to plan the Annual Friends Luncheon, which was traditionally held at Springdale Golf Club.

Jane Dennison serves as the Honorary Chair of the Friends Steering Committee.

If you would like to become a Friend, please consider a gift to our Annual Fund.

History of Pearl Bates Scholarship FUnd

Pearl Nelson Bates was a dedicated community leader, enthusiastic volunteer and a former Board Member of YWCA Princeton. When she died in 1963, her colleagues at Education Testing Service (ETS) honored her memory with a gift to the YWCA, which was to be used for help families access the youth programs. Sherman Bates, Pearl’s husband, recalled that, although she had no children of her own, “Pearl considered everybody to be her child.” That gift was the impetus for the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund, formally launched in 1965, and today provides financial assistance to families in need.

Each year, YWCA Princeton has held an event to raise funds for Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund. In the past, Crafter’s Marketplace and Benefactors for Bates were held. Today, Friends for Bates continues the legacy of raising funds for Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund in honor of Pearl Bates.