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YWCA Darien/Norwalk Thanks Community For Women Of Distinction Awards

YWCA Darien/Norwalk.
YWCA Darien/Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed

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To the Editor:

On behalf of the YWCA Darien Norwalk Board of Directors, Event Co-Chairs Ellen Bay and Louisa Stead, and the Committee members we wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who supported the 6th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon that was held on Thursday, May 7 at Woodway Country Club in Darien.

We are grateful that this annual event continues to be embraced by the community as demonstrated by the number of remarkable women who are nominated each year, the support of the event by former honorees and the many attendees at the event.

The event recognized and celebrated the achievements of local women in our communities and acknowledged their outstanding contributions.  These women’s accomplishments demonstrate that they truly are pioneers, role models, leaders and mentors. They embody the YW's mission of empowering women.

Awards were presented to Sandy Nielsen Baumann, Alicia Sillars, Dr. Josephine Velazquez Rucquoi, Jane Yezzi and Susan Delaney. Merlyn Tejada was honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

We would like to extend our gratitude to CT State Representative Terrie Wood, who presented official State of Connecticut General Assembly citations recognizing each of the honorees. Special thanks to Jayme Stevenson, who introduced each honoree and also recognized each woman for their special accomplishments, the event co-chairs, Ellen Bay and Louisa Stead and the committee members at large.

Our generous sponsors made this event possible and we thank them for their support.  They include our Diamond Title Sponsor, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance; Gold Sponsor, Darien Rowayton Bank; Silver Sponsors, Allstate Insurance and PG Properties; and our Persimmon Sponsors Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc., Dylewsky, Goldberg & Brenner, LLC and Lanphier Day Spa & Salon.

In closing, we would like to extend our appreciation to the families, friends and colleagues who came out to show their support for these six amazing women!

Best regards,

Heather Cavanagh

Executive Director, YWCA Darien/Norwalk

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