Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Through the years, I have had the blessing of serving on the boards of directors of some wonderful organizations. Lockport has been our home for over 20 years and, having raised all four children here, I love serving with groups that make a difference in our collective community.
This time of year, I am especially honored to serve on the board of directors for the YWCA of Niagara, under the leadership of CEO Kathy Granchelli. This board consists of some of the most outstanding, dynamic women I have ever met.
Earlier this week, the YWCA held the 2013 Niagara Awards: A Tribute Women. This beautiful, elegant event recognizes the excellent accomplishments of women making a difference in their far-reaching circles of influence. It is also YWCA’s largest annual fundraiser, with proceeds going towards Carolyn’s House for women and children and all of the YWCA’s incredible programs that are a part of giving families a fresh, new, beginning.
Every year, I am absolutely overwhelmed by what the Niagara Award nominees and winners have achieved. I attended the event with my husband Vincent, and we, like everyone in attendance, heard the inspiring stories of these amazing, unstoppable women, and received encouragement to strive for greater excellence in our own circles of influence.
This year’s historic male award winner was state Sen. George Maziarz, the recipient of the Friend of the YWCA Award. I have had the privilege of interviewing him numerous times in the past on LCTV’s government channel. And this week I heard, for the first time, of the powerful influence that the women in his family had on his life, when he accepted his award and dedicated it to them.
The Niagara Awards are a tremendous opportunity to acknowledge excellence, and I pray they continue for many, many years to come.