The Celebrate America Women of Distinction were honored by The Progressive Women’s Association at a luncheon held at the Uptown Event Center. Those honored were Judy Bonamico, Tracy Brady, Donetta Ortenzio, Kathy Wagner, Mary Jo Flaherty, Judy Hileman, Lyda Lister, Tracy Miller, Jaclyn Rominger, and Irene Sella’s.
Natalie Tennant delivered a moving Keynote Address challenging the honorees and those present to continue volunteering in our community to make a difference.
Making a presentation to the honorees were Davis Funeral Home, sponsor of the event representative and City of Clarksburg representative, Will Hyman. Also presenting a flag and gift was Dixon Pruitt, who led the group in the pledge.. Ruby Oldaker, PWA member .offered the blessing prior to the meal.
The Women of Distinction program has been in existence for five years and has honored approximately 150 local women. Emphasis is put on the volunteer efforts of the volunteers and those organization which have been helped by these women include the Arc, United Way, Lions Club, Local churches, children’s charities, Shepards Corner, Mission, WVU medicine, Hope and the list goes on.
The sold out event included an all American Luncheon which would have been popular in the fifties when everyone observed the Fourth and other holidays with a picnic. Also assisting were Sharon Twentier, PWA Secretary and Laura Davis, PWA Vice President as well as members. Betty Waddy, president gave a welcome to those present.
Rosalyn Queen served as MC and encouraged the honorees and those present to observe the American holidays and to give rebirth to these observances. She also put emphasis on those young people who join our armed services to ensure our freedoms. Two of the women honored has served our country.
The next Women of Distinction will be held in October which is National Italian Culture and Heritage month.Italian American Women will be honored. To nominate a women contact Elinda Carson, PWA Director.
Have a safe summer and until next week “Now You Have Heard It Through The Grapevine.”