DARIEN, Conn. -- A group of dedicated women who have worked to make a difference in their communities were honored at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk 2017 Women of Distinction luncheon this month.
The luncheon was held on May 4 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. The 2017 honorees were Kara Nelson Baekey, Mindy Garcia, Catalina Horak, Lisa Koorbusch and Leslie Pennington. Katie Schorr was honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.
Judy Phillips, Executive Director of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk, kicked off the luncheon before handing the program over to Erica Zaky, a former News 12 and NY Emmy award-winning journalist, to MC the program.
Guests included State Rep. Terrie Wood and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. Previous honorees Maryann Lehmann, Novelette Peterkin, Sueanne Schorr, Ceci Maher, Alicia Sillars and Charlotte Suhler were present to celebrate the newest Women of Distinction.
The Women of Distinction awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of local women in both Darien and Norwalk and acknowledged their outstanding contributions.
“Our 2017 Honorees are six amazing women who go above and beyond in their service to the local and global community,” said Phillips. “While the work they do varies greatly what they all have in common is a commitment to the empowerment of others which, is a core tenant of the mission of the YWCA.”