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Darien/Norwalk YWCA Pulls Out The Stops To Honor Women Of Distinction

From left: Danielle McIntosh, Katie Egan, honoree Merlyn Tejada, Nelfa Amaro, OmairaTejada. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Guests arrive for the Women of Distinction luncheon at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A large crowd gathers at the Woodway CC last week to honor the YWCA's Women of Distinction. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left: George Comesana-Vila, honoree Alicia Sillars, Chloe Sillars. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left: Megan Whittier, Jenny Gaylord, Tami Whittier, honoree Sandy Nielsen-Baumann. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
YWCA of Darien/Norwalk Executive Director Heather Cavanagh (left) and Executive Director of the Community Fund of Darien Carrie Bernier. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A large crowd celebrates the YWCA's Women of Distinction. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left, back row: Nancy Berkowitz, Bernice Marie-Daly, Rochelle Kucera Mehra, Denise Magnano, Stuart Weismiller; front: honoree Susan Delaney, Ana Rogers. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

DARIEN, Conn. - The Darien/Norwalk YWCA honored six community members at its sixth annual Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon last week.

The 2015 honorees are Sandy Nielsen Baumann, Susan Delaney, Dr. Josephine Velazquez Rucquoi, Alicia Sillars and Jane Yezzi.

The YWCA also honored Merlyn Tejada as a Young Woman of Distinction, which is given to a woman under the age of 21.

"Women frequently work behind the scenes to forge stronger families and communities," said Ellen Bay, co-chairwoman of the event, in a press release.

"We at the YWCA are grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on these women and celebrate the differences they make every single day.”

The Women of Distinction luncheon was held at the Woodway Country Club. All proceeds will benefit the YW Community Outreach Programs.

“The 2015 Women of Distinction honorees embody the meaning of selfless service,” said event co-chairwoman, Louisa Stead, in a press release.

“Through their generosity and dedication to their communities they are true leaders and role models."

For more information, call 203-655-2535 or visit the YWCA Darien/Norwalk website .

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