The YWCA Darien/Norwalk celebrated to the six honorees for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 10 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The distinguished honorees were:  Carrie Bernier, Tina Duryea, Scarlett Lewis, Allison Molkenthin and Wendy Ward.  Emma Dahlquist was honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

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 and  work in Darien and Norwalk whose significant and unique contributions have made a difference in the community. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees.

Also in attendance were state representatives State Rep. Terrie Wood and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Norwalk Common Council member Eloisa Melendez. Erica Zaky served as the MC for the second year in a row.  The YWCA thanked board members Louisa Stead, Aidan Welsh, Holly Mitchell, Amie Willis and Wistar Wallace for all their hard work, helping to make the luncheon such a huge success. Thank you to Rebecca Morrison for volunteering as our house photographer.

Beiersdorf support the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Luncheon as our Diamond Sponsor.  Gold Sponsors were Diamond Sponsors was Beiersdorf. Our Gold Sponsors: Manfredi Jewels and Schoonmaker, George, Colin & Blomberg. Our Silver Sponsors were Bankwell and Price Financial. Our sincere thanks to these local businesses, without their support, this event would not be possible.

The YWCA also thanked sponsors Ben Larrabee Photography, Beiersdorf, Classic Kids Greenwich, Dance on the DL, Darien School of Dance, Diageo, Dr. David Passaretti, Everything is Rosey, Infinity Fitness Gym, Jay Romero Salon, Joyride, Juliska, Kirby and Company, Lanphier Day Spa, Make it Rain Irrigation, Manfredi Jewels, Oak and Almond, Oliver Thomas, Pampered Chef, Rebecca Morrison Interior Design, Salon Vlas, Sara McCool, Salt Cave of Darien and Tina Duryea.