Brewster, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 300 people gathered at the Putnam County Emergency Services Center to honor their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, wives, daughters and friends. Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C), hosted his inaugural 40th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, where over 30 women were honored for their service and dedication to their communities.
Key note speakers included Congresswoman Sue Kelly, New York State Senate 2008 Woman of Distinction Honoree, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and New York State Senate 2011 Woman of Distinction Honoree, Executive Director of the Putnam County/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Ann Ellsworth. During the ceremony, guests were treated to a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by Brewster Elementary Chorus, CV Starr.
“Throughout my career, I have been side by side as a working mom with the most amazing women, who give up everything they have for their families,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, while accepting her proclamation from Senator Ball. “As we’ve grown older we’ve had to take care of our parents, grandparents and children. None of it is easy, but we keep the joy in our heart, it all becomes very easy. I’m very honored, thank you Senator Ball.”
The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the Senator Ball’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event.
A rare appearance by Congresswoman Sue Kelly surprised the stage of honorees, most of whom personally knew Congresswoman Kelly. “There isn’t anyone being honored here tonight that hasn’t expanded our sense of community,” said Congresswoman Kelly, as she told accolades about the honorees. “Because of all the volunteer work they’ve done, every community that is represented here today, is indebted to these women. Greg, I thank you so much for recognizing these terrific women.”
“The woman who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity a path that that stands as an example to all.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.