Friday, July 19, 2024

The Women of Distinction Nominees

Last week we got to meet the Soroptimist Women of Distinction at a reception at the Wick (we are loving this new venue in our city, by the way) who will be honored at the breakfast of the same name coming up next week on Oct. 1. It’s a big group, and a very diverse one, from women in the healthcare industry to businesswomen to consultants, attorneys and social workers. Some you will know, others you may not. But they all share one thing in common and that is a genuine desire to help make their community a better place.

Please join us next Wednesday morning at Boca West for this annual breakfast honoring a truly outstanding group of women. For more information, call Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. Tickets are $55, and some seats may still be available.

We will see you there!

And….here are the honorees:

Liliana Abramson, RN, CCM,

Kathy Adams of Project Linus

Martha (Kathy) Bass, Bass Reporting Services and board chair of  the St. Laurence Chapel Homeless Day Shelter

Marta Batmasian, local volunteer, philanthropist and co–owner, Investments Limited

Althia Ellis, MPA, Founder/Owner of Thompson-Ellis Consulting and board director of Zonta Club of Deerfield Beach

Annette Failla-Phelps, ABR, CRS, member, Boca Raton Woman’s Club Hope Friedman, founder, Gift of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

Alina Gagnon, CVS manager and board member, KidSafe

Roxana Garciga, Republic National Distributing Company with involvement in Kids in Distress, Veritage Miami, the Audobon Society, among other groups

Phyllis Green, businesswoman and author of Fired at 50 a Survivor’s Guide to Prosperity, as well as creator, “Clubs for Kids” for the Palm Beaches’ Boys and Girls Clubs

Karen Harwood, MSW, social worker and original member of the Caregiving Youth Project team

Pamela Higer-Polani, JD, chairperson, of the first National Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease in Boca Raton

Victoria Hughes, director, Florida Women’s Business Center

Cathy Johnson, volunteer for Boca Regional and the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, and Boca Helping Hands

Victoria Karasin, organizer, National Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease and treasurer, Women’s Executive Club Palm Beach County

Beth King, RN, PhD, Slattery Center for Child Development, Boca Helping Hands, Boca Library, Debbie Rand, Junior League and others

Crystal McMillin, CPA, past President of the Junior League of Boca Raton and developer, the JLBR Diaper Bank

Louise Morrell, MD, medical director of the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics

Stacey Mullins, Esq., board member, South Florida Susan G. Komen Foundation and founder, EBC Foundation

Robbin Newman, Esq., Supreme Court Circuit Civil Certified Mediator

Pam O’Brien, MSW, JD,  president, and CEO, AVDA

Frances “Betsy” Owen, leadership positions with Rotary, board member,  Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and the Children’s Home Society

Renee Plevy, businesswoman, career development specialist and philanthropist

Wendy Poe, chief customer officer at Bluegreen Vacations

Ana Rosacker, MSN, Director of Nursing, Bethesda Hospital West

Philippa “Fina” Reboli , board member, National Society of Arts and Letters

Diane Sawchuk, member, Zonta Club and volunteer at Boca Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots and others

Ashley Sherman, director of marketing, Oceans 234

Donna Greenspan Solomon, JD,  principal of Solomon Appeals, Mediation and Arbitration

Denise St. Patrick-Bell, PhD, National Kellogg Fellow, executive director, Boca Raton Children’s Museum

Lowell Van Vechten, public relations and fashion event specialist, co-founder, Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities

Rhoda Warren, co-founder of a recruiting firm and volunteer with Hope House of the Palm Beaches, Jewish Guild for the Blind, WXEL-TV and  Florence Fuller Child Development Centers

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