Soroptimist International honor Women of Distinction
Honorary chairwoman, Helen Babione, with co-chairwomen Kim Champion and Marie Leible, recently welcomed more than 300 guests to the 35th annual Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast. Committee members Lorry Herdeen, Maureen Burke and Elke Schmidt joined the welcome party.
The gathering was held at the Boca West Country Club.
Following breakfast, Mistress of Ceremonies Emily Lilly, began the program with the introduction of 31 nominees, who were honored for taking a leadership role, and making a difference in their community.
The following winners were announced: Christine Catoggio, Volunteers; Kristin Calder, Non-Profit; Lisa Jensen, Professional/Business; Connie Gescheidt, Education; Darci McNally, Health.
Pat Thomas was the recipient of the Soroptimist “Lifetime Achievement Award” and Nalline Baliram of Pope John Paul II High School was winner of the Soroptimist International “Women Making A Difference Award.”
Plaques of Recognition were awarded to the following 2008 Sponsors: Platinum level sponsors were Dr. Marta Rendon and Dr. Patricia Rooney. Gold Level sponsors were Henrietta Countess deHoernle, Mike and Elizabeth Wilsman in collaboration with Publix Super Market Charities, Office Depot, Vive Magazine and Helen Babione. Bronze level contributors included Rosemary and Ben Krieger, Patricia Thomas and Palm Beach Community College.
Mayor Susan Whelchel presented a proclamation from the City of Boca Raton, praising Soroptimists for working through service projects to advance the needs and status of women and children.
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Helen Babione, left, and Countess Henrietta de Hoernle
Marie Leible, left, Lisa Jensen, Connie Gescheidt, Kristin Calder and Kim Champion
Connie Gescheidt, left, and Darci McNally
Dr. Patricia Rooney, left, Dr. Marta Rendon, Kim Champion, Mike and Liz Wilsman