The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is pleased to announce the six honorees for the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 4, 2017 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The distinguished honorees are: Kara Nelson Baekey, Mindy Garcia, Catalina Horak, Lisa Koorbusch and Leslie Pennington.  Katie Schorr will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

Look for detailed biographies and photos in the next few weeks in The Darien Times and

The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women. Local residents and business owners nominate women who live or work in Darien and Norwalk whose significant contributions have made a difference in our community. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction nominations committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees.

¨The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Event is a fantastic event honoring amazing women in our local community.  This is my second year chairing the event and I am excited to introduce our selected Women of Distinction to the luncheon attendees,¨ said Aidan Welsh, board member and chairman.

¨We received more than twice the nominations compared to previous years and I can certainly say that this year's group of nominees included some of the most accomplished, dedicated, and interesting women we at the YWCA have had the honor of being able to recognize.   We want to congratulate our selected Women of Distinction and all women nominated. You make us proud.¨

This event is open to the public. Tickets for the luncheon are on sale now and can be purchased For further inquiries about this event or to become a sponsor please contact .

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families.  Its national mission, eliminating racism and empowering women, translates locally into a vision to create opportunities for growth, leadership and empowerment for all women and families. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old King’s Highway North in Darien, CT.  For more information, please visit or call 203-655-2535.