Tribute to Women Awards Dinner Set for March 1, 2012

Top Quote Join us at the YWCA Princeton's 29th TRIBUTE TO WOMEN AWARDS DINNER on March 1, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton where we will honor ten extraordinary women who have made significant contributions in their professions and the community. End Quote
  • Trenton-Ewing, NJ (1888PressRelease) February 03, 2012 - The YWCA of Princeton's 29th annual Tribute to Women Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 1 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton beginning at 5:15 pm. Ten women will be inducted to the YWCA's prestigious list of honorees who embody its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Suzannne McCroskey will be the recipient of the esteemed Waxwood Award in recognition of her numerous contributions as a YWCA volunteer for more than a decade.

    The award program was established by the YWCA Princeton in 1984 to honor women who have made significant contributions to their professions and the community in executive, entrepreneurial, professional, educational, elected, activist, and volunteer roles. Since then, it has become the premier event in celebration of extraordinary women in the area.

    Now in its 29th year, the event continues to honor those that embody the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. "During this time, the YWCA Princeton has honored over 300 women who have generously given of themselves for the good of others. We are honored once again to present to the community another class of remarkable women," states Linda Richter, event co-chair. This year's event is particularly special, as the YWCA Princeton celebrates its 90th anniversary and having been a voice for women for nine decades.

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    Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the honorary chair with Jane Kelly, ESQ., and Linda Richter, Personal Paperwork Solutions & More, Inc. serving as event co-chairs. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and peers in the workplace and in the community each fall. A selection committee evaluates all those nominated taking into consideration criteria such as professional responsibility and contributions, community service, leadership, academic achievement, and a commitment to the YWCA's mission.

    The event has grown significantly with nearly 500 community leaders and business representatives attending the event in acknowledgement of these extraordinary women. This year the Scheide Fund serves as the Justice level sponsor, NRG Energy is a Freedom sponsor, and the Times of Trenton is a Dignity sponsor. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available.

    Funds generated from the evening support many YWCA Princeton programs and classes, including summer camps, aquatics, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, adult education, nursery school, after school programs, English language training, the Breast Cancer Resource Center, women's and racial justice programs, community events, and much more.

    The 2012 Tribute to Women Honorees represent a wide variety of from a variety of local businesses, educational institutions, government, non-profit organizations, and the volunteer sector.

    The significance of receiving a Tribute to Women Award is important. "These women have transformed and enriched the lives of countless individuals and organizations in the community. Some have broken through the glass ceiling, paving the way for those who follow, and others have used their talents to empower others," adds Diane Hasili, YWCA Princeton Chief Marketing Office. "Our organization is proud to recognize them for all they have done and all they stand for."

    The 2012 Tribute to Women Award recipients are: Suzanne McCroskey, Waxwood Award Recipient (Princeton, NJ), Pina Albo, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Princeton, NJ), Nola Bencze, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. (Titusville, NJ), Gloria Frederick, The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment (Ringoes, NJ), Marilyn Grounds, Community Activist (Lawrenceville, NJ), Nancy Healey, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central and South Jersey (Pennington, NJ), Marlene Lao-Collins, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton (Trenton, NJ), Ferris Olin, Rutgers University (Princeton, NJ), Deborah Shepherd, Merrill Lynch (Bucks County, PA), Denise Taylor, Great Looks 4 Less Hair Salon(Lawrenceville, NJ), Melissa Tenzer, CareersUSA (Washington Crossing, PA).

    Suzanne McCroskey has been named Waxwood Award Recipient. This is the greatest honor the YWCA Princeton can bestow upon one person. It is a "lifetime achievement award," given to a woman who, over the course of many years, has made a truly distinguished contribution to the YWCA. It is not given annually, only when it is felt there is a person justly deserving of this award. The award is named after its first honoree, Mrs. Susie B. Waxwood, who was Executive Director of the YWCA Princeton from 1958 to 1968, and the first African American woman to hold that post. She remained an active and dedicated supporter of the YWCA until her death in 2006 at the age of 103.

    Please join us for an inspiring evening honoring accomplished women in our communities. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the YWCA Princeton at (609) 497-2100 ext. 333. The cost is $125 for individuals and $1250 for a table of ten. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. Full and half-page program book ads are also available for purchase by family, friends, and businesses.

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