Ten are named Women of Distinction

ALTON — The YWCA of Alton announced its 2015 Women of Distinction honorees this week.

The 10 honorees will be recognized during the 25th annual Women of Distinction celebration on April 30.

“These women were selected based on the embodiment and traits embraced by the YWCA,” Monica Bristow, co-chair of the event, said. “They are trailblazers in their communities and we are proud to hold them up as role models for young women everywhere.”

Co-chair Margaret Freer said that honorees support the mission of the YWCA, which is empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The 2015 honorees are: Louise Baker, Colleen Green, Heather Hope, Valarie McDougler, Cheryl Maguire, Tiana Montgomery, Eva Perkins, Kathryn Sharpe, Sue Weber and Bethany Wooden-Chapel.

Bristow said in honor of the event’s silver anniversary a dinner will be held rather than a luncheon.

“This is a special year and we wanted to do something special,” Bristow said.
The event will be held at 6 p.m., April 30, in The Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College.

The event will include a silent auction and raffle drawing with five chances to win. The raffle tickets (donations made by) includes a chance for: one week in Las Vegas (Andy and Marilyn Kuhn), plus $1,000 (Axalta Performance Coatings); a sports package to include 4 tickets each to St. Louis Blues (Miles and Angel Lynch) and St. Louis Cardinals (Fran and Rick Purdy), plus $1,000 toward limousine(Absolute Health Care and Atlantis Pools) ; collector numbered Harley Davidson Bicycle (Ted’s Motorcycle World); sunset cruise for six on the Mississippi River with hors d’ouevres and drinks (Dave Wickenhauser, Karen Baker-Brncic and Alton Marina; and a Robert Quinn autographed signed St. Louis Rams helmet (Mike Schneider.)

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