ANDOVER — YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron will be the featured speaker at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence’s annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 at Andover Country Club. The annual event honors 22 women from throughout the Merrimack Valley for their contributions to work and community.
“Dara is an inspiring speaker and, more important, an incredible advocate for social justice and policy changes that will improve the lives of women and families,” noted YWCA of Greater Lawrence Executive Director Rebecca A. Hall, who now serves as Chair of the YWCA USA Board of Directors. “As we honor these truly outstanding local women making a difference in the community, we are excited to also share the national vision of the YWCA.”
The luncheon is the YWCA’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from sponsors, donors and guests help underwrite programs at the YWCA, which serves more than 15,000 community women and children annually. Guest reservations are $50. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit www.ywcalawrence.org or call Susan McNeff, 978.687.0331, ext. 1029.
The YWCA of Greater Lawrence has served the Merrimack Valley since 1892, and now annually provides services to more than 15,000 women, children and families, addressing key issues such as homelessness, women’s health, affordable pre and after-school childcare and domestic violence and sexual assault services.
This year’s tribute honorees and their organizations are: Sheila Bonfiglio, Three Dogz Diner; Jennifer Borislow, Borislow Insurance Agency ;Liliana Brand, Northern Essex Community College ; Diana DiZoglio, Massachusetts State Representative; Andrea Eobstal, Lawrence General Hospital; Susan Fink, City of Lawrence; Dietra Grant, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ; Patricia Grassbaugh, Hampstead Middle School; Anna Maria Greener, Eastern Bank ; Mary Guerrero, Cafe Azteca ; Ana Jarvis, Ebenezer Church/Iglesia Ebenezer ; Ana Javier, Parent Leaders of Merrimack Valley ; Dr. Han-Ting Lin, Holy Family Hospital; Maria Lobao, Enterprise Bank ; Angela Mangini, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center ; Lisa Marzilli, Pfizer, Inc. ; Rose McGarry, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley ; Jeanine Murphy, Emmaus, Inc.; Patricia Neals, Alcatel-Lucent ; Kathy Santoro, Good Day Cafe ; Elizabeth Sweeney, Family Service, Inc. and Sophy Theam, Enterprise Bank .