Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional honor Women of Dis­tinc­tion

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sorop­ti­mist4­women.org.

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

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