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Extraordinary New Haven Women Honored at Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Women of Achievement Event

April 8, 2011

Eleven exceptional women from the New Haven area were honored April 6 at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement event for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the community. The honorees included:

•    Mary Lou Aleskie, International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven

•    Heather Calabrese, United Way of Greater New Haven

•    Sharon Cappetta, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

•    Barbara Chesler, Yale University

•    Lorraine DeLuz, Wilbur Cross High School

•    Karen DuBois-Walton, New Haven Housing Authority

•    Alice Forrester, Clifford Beers Clinic

•    Kim Healey, NewAlliance Foundation

•    Seila Mosquera-Bruno, NeighborWorks New Horizons

•    Mary L. Pepe, RE: Solution, LLC

•    Diane Young Turner, Yale University

Keith Kountz from News Channel 8 performed the Master of Ceremonies duties and was on hand to present citations from their offices to the honorees.

Jennifer Smith Turner, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s CEO, presented each of the women with their awards. “As prominent and well respected women in the greater New Haven area, all of our honorees display exemplary leadership in their professional positions and in their community,” said Turner. “They are truly women of achievement and distinction and are inspiring role models for Girl Scouts across Connecticut.”   

Two exemplary Girl Scouts from the New Haven area, Lauren Fernandez and Tori Sheldon, spoke about their own personal experiences as Girl Scouts. “Girl Scouting has taught me valuable life skills that have helped mold me into the strong woman I am today,” said Fernandez. “I truly believe in this organization and the values it stands for…I want other girls to have my experience. I want other girls to gain courage, confidence and character,” said Sheldon.

The Title sponsor for the event was NewAlliance Bank.  The lead sponsors include Webster Bank, QSP/Ashdon Farms, Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Proceeds from Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement event will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K through 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

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