The 37th Annual YWCA Tribute to Women awards—honoring 22 area women—takes place tonight as a virtual live stream event.
State Rep. Tram Nguyen serves as mistress of ceremonies, beginning at 6 p.m. on YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts’ Facebook page. Honorees come from various backgrounds and serve their communities on boards of directors, committees and advisory boards. Money raised from the evening benefits the 26 YWCA programs serving more than 15,000 women, children and families throughout Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire and the North Shore.
Executive Director Susan Staples said Tribute to Women serves as the organization’s major fundraising event and supports domestic violence programs, childcare, teens parenting, emergency shelters, transitional housing, enrichment, early learning, after school programs, summer camp and more. Staples added, “Tribute is all about keeping with our mission of empowering women and fostering peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
Honorees include Ann Jones, president of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association; Margaret Glenn, program manager, Center for Corporate and Community Education, Northern Essex Community College; Julie LaFontaine, president, Open Door Gloucester; Andreina Viera, CEO, The Vieras; Karen Gomes, CEO, Home Health Foundation; Mary Lyman, director of community relations, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center; Julia Silverio, founder, Silverio Insurance Agency; Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, community development director, City of Lawrence; Linda Siegenthaler, retired community advocate; Nancy Clover, president, Occupational Health Connections; Sabrina Boggio, founder, Progress Clothing; Gini Mazmann, founder and director of the Haven Project of Lynn; Paula Westmacott, vocational coordinator, Andover High School; Nancy Berry, editor, RMS Media Group (Northshore Magazine); Cheryl Parent, senior branch manager and vice president, Enterprise Bank; Wanda Gomez, vice president of residential services, Fidelity House CRC; Linda Soucy, low income energy efficiency program manager, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts; Patricia Ahern, CEO, Home Health Foundation; Margaret Marotta, superintendent, Haverhill Public Schools; Catalina Dongo, director of human resources, UniFirst Corporation; Linda Harvey, executive director, Harvey Girls; and Nancy Stager, executive vice president, Eastern Bank.
Donations are accepted at ywcanema.org.