The YWCA Darien/Norwalk will honor six local women who have made significant contributions to our community at the fourth Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards & Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women who demonstrate the spirit of the YWCA’s brand vision to empower women.
This year’s honorees are: Louise Parker Berry, Katie Farren (Young Woman of Distinction), Rita Ferri, Novelette Peterkin, Sueann Schorr, Ciara Thurlow and Babs White (distinguished service award). This is part one of these profiles. See part two next week.
Katie Farren — Darien High School senior Katie Farren is a remarkable young woman. At only 18 years old, it is clear that she cares passionately about the world around her and strives to make it a better place. Katie was an intern for U.S. Congressman Jim Himes’ 2012 reelection campaign.
She remains very interested in politics and government, which she plans to study next fall. Katie has been the Director of Operation DLL (Darien Little League) Cares. As director, she manages hundreds of volunteers to coordinate the collection of essential goods from players and their families to be sent to soldiers overseas. Katie also is the co-president of the Darien Youth Community Fund, is a member of the Darien Youth Commission, serves as executive treasurer of the DHS Student Council and Treasurer of the DHS National Honor Society, volunteers for the Darien Little League Challenger Buddies program, is a team leader for Darien Safe Rides and teaches religion at St. Thomas More Church.
On top of all of these charitable activities, Katie is a National Merit Commended Scholar, captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team and first place winner in the Darien Library’s teen writing competition for Poetry in 2013 and Non-Fiction in 2012. Alicia Sillars, youth director, Darien Youth Commission, says of Katie, “If every person possessed a fraction of the empathy and compassion Katie has, the world would be much improved in a matter of seconds.”