Eight local women honored during Women of Distinction Awards

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The YWCA awarded eight area women then Women of Distinction award. (Photo courtesy Facebook/YWCAMcLeanCounty)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – YWCA McLean County celebrated 30-years of Women of Distinction and with around 400 people in attendance at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, local women were recognized with the Women of Distinction award.

Out of 34 nominations, eight women were selected for the award.

Business: Nikki Brauer

Creative Arts & Entertainment: Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum

Education: Herriett Steinbach

Professions: Nikita Richards

Social Services: Pat Turner

STEM: Brandy Finney

Harriett F. Rust Volunteer Service: Terri Helregel

Caribel Washington Young Professional: Colleen O’Connor

Each Woman of Distinction award winner received a framed certificate and a pearl necklace in honor of the 30th anniversary.

In addition, six women were honored as recipients of the WINGS award that includes Nicole Anderson, Amanda Hendricks, Nicole Kaminski, Jillian McGriff, Kate Myers, Kristal Shelvin.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@cumulus.com.


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