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9 to be awarded at 2019 Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony


Thu, Sep 26th 2019 05:05 pm

Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize nine honorees at the 2019 Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Buffalo. More than 430 guests are expected to attend this top women’s event of the year.

The 2019 Women of Distinction are:

  • Christine Bonaguide, Esq.: partner, Hodgson Russ LLP 
  • Linda Clark, M.D.: doctor of preventive/occupational medicine, founder and CEO, Clark Occupational Medicine Services
  • Tory Irgang: executive director, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation 
  • Candace Johnson, Ph.D.: president and CEO, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • Joyce A. Markiewicz: EVP, chief business development officer, Catholic Health 
  • Nadia Pizzaro: homeless services director, BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 
  • Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D.: president, Buffalo State College
  • Lori Van Dusen: founder and CEO, LVW Advisors
  • Linda Zakrzewski: volunteer of distinction, teacher, family and consumer science, School 81 Buffalo

Women of Distinction is Girl Scouts of Western New York's all-girl-led women's event of the year. This signature fundraising event honors women throughout Western New York for their strength in character, dedication to community service and commitment to mentoring and encouraging girls and young women. Forty-seven girls and young women will run the event from start to finish and serve as presenters, mistresses of ceremonies and ambassadors.

The honorees were nominated by members of the community, because of their demonstrated leadership in their careers and in their communities through public service. These women are considered role models for all girls and, in accepting this award, they commit to mentoring the young women involved with the Women of Distinction event.

Proceeds from this event benefit programming for girls throughout Western New York. To learn more about Women of Distinction, girl membership or volunteering, visit gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

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