Orange County Women of Achievement announced

Girl Scouts, YWCA will honor six women at 25th anniversary event


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  • Darcie Miller, Orange County’s Commissioner of Social Services, pictured on the far left, was selected a Woman of Achievement for 2017. With her at a backpack-filling event at Chester Elementary School in 2015 are (from left) Cindy Walsh, Chester Elementary School Principal; Josette Ramnani, Hudson Valley Coordinator Food Bank Children’s Program; and Betsy Dickson, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)



In celebration of Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement's 25 anniversary year, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County are pleased to announce the names of the 2017 Tribute honorees. Jointly hosted by Girl Scouts and YWCA Orange County for a quarter of a century, Tribute honors women of Orange County who have made a difference to the community through their professional, personal, or school-based activities.

"Each year, the Tribute to Women of Achievement event introduces us to remarkable women from all walks of life from throughout Orange County who embody Girl Scouts and YWCA's missions to empower women and girls and serve as role models and mentors to them," said Pamela Andersen, President and CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

The 2017 Orange County Women of Achievement are:

Kanisha E. Henderson - DJ Ms. Perfect Touch/Ayo Nish!, Newburgh

Heather Howley - CEO/Chief Pilot - Independent Helicopters, LLC, Newburgh

Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger - Vocalist West Point Military Academy Band, Milton

Darcie M. Miller - Commissioner, Orange County Departments of Social Services and Mental Health, Goshen

Andrea Nilon - Town of Hamptonburgh assessor, long-time Girl Scouts and YWCA volunteer, Pine Bush

Woman of the Future: Elizabeth Klosky - Cornwall High School senior and founder of NY is a Great Place to Bee!, Cornwall on Hudson

"We are fortunate to have truly outstanding women of achievement who live, work, and volunteer in our community and consistently go above and beyond in order to make a difference in Orange County. We look forward to sharing their stories as part of the 25th anniversary tribute celebration," said Christine Sadowski, executive director, YWCA Orange County.

Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement is the county's premier annual event recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of women and girls in our community. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, this year's event will be filled with special presentations and recognitions to mark the rich history of women in Orange County and the continuing contributions of the tribute sisterhood of alumnae.

More than 250 women from throughout Orange County have been recognized since the award’s inception in 1992. This year's tribute honorees will be recognized at the Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County award celebration on Wednesday, May 10, at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. The event is co-hosted each year by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County.

Sponsorships, journal ads, and dinner tickets are available to support the annual celebration and recognize the 2017 honorees. Previous Tribute to Women honorees are encouraged to join in the 25th anniversary celebration.

To be a part of the celebration, contact Tami at YWCA at 845-561-8050, ext. 23, email at tami@ywca-orangecty.org, or go to www.ywca-orangecty.org.

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