YWCA Darien/Norwalk held its 2017 Women of Distinction luncheon at Woodway Country Club on May 4,

The 2017 honorees are: Kara Nelson Baekey, Mindy Garcia, Catalina Horak, Lisa Koorbusch and Leslie Pennington.  Katie Schorr as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

Judy Phillips, executive director of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk kicked off the luncheon before handing the program over to Erica Zaky a former News 12 and NY Emmy award-winning journalist, to MC the program. Guests included State Representative Terrie Wood and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.  Previous honorees Maryann Lehmann, Ceci Maher, Novelette Peterkin, Sueanne Schorr, Ceci Maher, Alicia Sillars and Charlotte Suhler were present to celebrate the newest Women of Distinction.

The Women of Distinction awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of local women in both Darien and Norwalk and acknowledges their outstanding contributions. “Our 2017 Honorees are six amazing women who go above and beyond in their service to the local and global community,”  Phillips said, “While the work they do varies greatly what they all have in common is a commitment to the empowerment of others which, is a core tenant of the mission of the YWCA.”

Luncheon sponsors included Darien Rowayton Bank (Gold), Schoonmaker, George, & Blomberg, P.C. (Silver), Emily Boothroyd of Price Financial Group LLC (Bronze) and Eileen B. Hanford, Halstead, CT (Bronze). We are also extremely grateful to our to local businesses that generously supported the event with their donations: Dr. David Passaretti, Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa, The Bar Method,Classic Kids, Darien Butcher, Jay Romero Salon, JoyRide, Katiaś Boutique, Kirby & Co., LoveNomadic, Make it Rain, Morley Boutique, Pampered Chef, Sky Zone, TL Duryea and W by Worth. Also central to the success of the event was YWCA Darien/Norwalk Board member Aidan Welsh, who chaired the event with the support of fellow board members Beth Hesse, Holly Mitchell and Amie Willis.