State Sen. Mark Grisanti announced Monday his nominee for the New York Senate's Women of Distinction Award is Loraine O'Donnell.
The award recognizes a distinguished
woman from the area who contributes to making this community better,
its families stronger and serves as an example to others.
Grisanti's camp said O'Donnell was chosen for all that she does to support the arts, fight for equal rights for all, protect children from bullying and volunteer to support important groups in the community. Her work on stage and in radio and TV has given a voice to those who do not have a microphone. She has demonstrated that she can rally people behind a cause and get things accomplished whether it is by signing a petition or getting people to attend an event. Never one to shy away from a fight, Loraine is a bulldog for the arts and artists in our area.
"It is with great pleasure that a nominate Loraine O'Donnell as a woman of distinction," Grisanti said. "She has made a difference in our community by protecting the arts and standing up for the rights of all people. This is a special opportunity to honor women and thank them for the pride they bring to our community. So I thank Loraine for all that she does to make Buffalo a better community for us all."
The State Senate will honor O'Donnell at a May 15th Albany ceremony, where each honoree's photograph and biography will become a part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these New York women.
Previous winners have included leading women from the world of business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.
The Women of Distinction program was created as part of the Senate's celebration of Women's History Month. In addition to recognizing present-day women, each March the Senate hosts a display that honor other distinguished women from New York's past - from leaders of the 19th century suffragist movement to pioneers in educations, science and the arts.