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 .
NECC student from Methuen honoredat State House
Mark Hargreaves of Methuen, a computer information technology major who enrolled at Northern Essex after a job layoff, was honored as one of “29 Who Shine” during a student recognition ceremony at the State House in Boston last week.
At the ceremony, he had the opportunity to meet Gov. Deval Patrick along with state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell.
He also publicly recognized Professor Russ Gouveia of the NECC computer science faculty as his mentor. “His knowledge and teaching style engages a class,” said Hargreaves. “I will always carry the lessons he passed on to me.”
Hargreaves graduated from Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical School 15 years ago and became a mechanic. When he was laid off from his job with a forklift company two years ago, he decided it was time to pursue his dream of a college education and he enrolled at Northern Essex.
According to Professor Gouveia, who nominated him for the honor, Hargreaves was serious about his education from the start, excelling in the classroom and organizing student study groups.
He was soon recruited to serve as a supplemental instructor, leading study sessions for students enrolled in computer science courses, and as a computer science tutor.
Hargreaves is planning to transfer to Merrimack College or Southern New Hampshire University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science part time while working full time.
In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched “29 Who Shine,” a program to recognize outstanding students representing each of the 29 public campuses in the state.
Barbershop Chorus to perform
The Beverly Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus will present its 65th annual show on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at Beverly High School.
The chorus and its three quartets will perform, along with special guests Downtown Crossing, and the award-winning youth chorus of Fall River, G20.
For tickets please call 978-927-7894 or 978-374-8865, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets, $20 each, will also be available at the door. Beverly High School is located at 100 Sohier Road in Beverly.