The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg recently hosted a reception on March 21 to highlight the thirty women who comprise the 2012 class at this year’s YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence. witf's Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer Cara Williams Fry was among the honorees.
About the nomination, witf's Predient and CEO Kathleen Pavelko said:
It was my pleasure to nominate Cara. In my nomination, I wrote: Throughout her life, Cara has utilized her creative talents to serve others. And she’s exemplified how empathy plus commitment can make a difference to everyone who encounters her. I would like to thank the YWCA for this opportunity to recognize a woman who is actively making her world—and ours—a better, healthier and happier place.
At the event, the YWCA also introduced this year's TWE Legacy Award honoree, Joy B. Dougherty for her volunteer leadership role with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and her long-time commitment to numerous non-profit agencies in the community. The Penn State Harrisburg Emerging Leader Award winner is Lady Lockhart, a graduate of Harrisburg High School and Bucknell University, who currently works for the Democratic Caucus and has mentored and inspired hundreds of young women in the region.
The Class of 2012 also includes:
Margie Adelmann, MS Society, Central PA Chapter; Susan L. Anthony, The Patriot News Sherry Baskin, Capital BlueCross; Catherine Boyle, Esq, Meyers, Desfor, Saltzgiver & Boyle; B. Jeanine Buford, Keystone Human Services; Debra Cotter, Highmark Blue Shield; Judith Dillon, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Oralia Garcia Dominic, PhD, PSU Public Health Sciences; Cara Williams Fry, WITF Public Media; Dorothy J. Gish, PhD, Pathways Institute; Juanita Edrington Grant, Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry; Shawn Houser, The Hershey Company; Judy Lynn Hricak, Gannett Fleming Inc.; The Honorable Yvette P. Kane, U.S. Middle District Court; Gretchen Knaub, Epilepsy Foundation; Alma Kretzing, United Concordia Dental; Meada McAllister, The Community Check-up Center; Kristin McMahon, Pharm.D, MBA, Mgr., Rite Aid Corporation; Alexandra Oles, Giant Food Stores; Linda R. Pheasant, Community Volunteer; Rebecca Price, CPA, ICAE, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts; Susan Rzucidlo, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Britta Schatz, Penn National Insurance; Barbara L. Schell, Community Volunteer; Sheryl Simmons, School Boards Insurance Co. of PA; Julie Sullivan, Honeydew Events; Sarah C. Yerger, PA Office of Attorney General; Maddie Young, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This is the 23rd year of the event. In the past two decades, the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence event has honored close to 500 women for their contributions to the workplace and community, and raised valuable funds to support YWCA programs for women, children and men.
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