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    Brewster, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 300 people gathered at the Putnam County Emergency Services Center to honor their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, wives, daughters and friends. Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C), hosted his inaugural 40th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, where over 30 women were honored for their service and dedication to their communities.

    Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Sue Kelly, New York State Senate 2008 Woman of Distinction Honoree, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and New York State Senate 2011 Woman of Distinction Honoree, Executive Director of the Putnam County/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Ann Ellsworth. During the ceremony, guests were treated to a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by Brewster Elementary Chorus, CV Starr.

    “Throughout my career, I have been side by side as a working mom with the most amazing women, who give up everything they have for their families,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, while accepting her proclamation from Senator Ball. “As we’ve grown older we’ve had to take care of our parents, grandparents and children. None of it is easy, but we keep the joy in our heart, it all becomes very easy. I’m very honored, thank you Senator Ball.”

    The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the Senator Ball’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event.

    A rare appearance by Congresswoman Sue Kelly surprised the stage of honorees, most of whom personally knew Congresswoman Kelly. “There isn’t anyone being honored here tonight that hasn’t expanded our sense of community,” said Congresswoman Kelly, as she told accolades about the honorees. “Because of all the volunteer work they’ve done, every community that is represented here today, is indebted to these women. Greg, I thank you so much for recognizing these terrific women.”

    “The women who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity a path that that stands as an example to all.”


    The full list of honorees: 


    Amenia Honoree, Ann Linden

    Bedford Honoree, Mary Beth Kass

    Beekman Honoree, Phyllis Hughes

    Brewster Honorees, Brewster-Carmel Garden Club

    Buchanan Honoree, Dr. Virginia Rederer

    Carmel Honoree, Dona DiMaggio

    Cortlandt Honorees, Sheila Guida & Marie Turner

    Croton Honoree, Rosalind Morrissey

    Dover Honoree, Caroline Reichenberg

    Kent Honoree, Annmarie Baisley

    Lewisboro Honoree, Joann Vasi & Laurie Gagliardi (Posthumous)

    Milan Honoree, Ann Mancini

    Mount Kisco Honoree, Patricia Reilly

    North Salem Honoree, Janice Hellwinkel

    Northeast Honoree, Julie Schroeder

    Patterson Honoree, Ginny Nacerino

    Pawling Village Honoree, Nancy Tanner

    Peekskill Honoree, Jeannette Phillips, Willie Mae Jackson, Mary Woods and Pearl Woods (Posthumous) – Hudson River Healthcare Founding Mothers

    Pound Ridge, Wilma Rogalin (Posthumous)

    Philipstown Honoree, Betty Budney

    Putnam Valley Honoree, Kathleen McLaughlin

    Somers Honoree, Thelma Barlow

    Southeast Honoree, Eleanor Fitchen (Posthumous)

    Yorktown Honoree, Kathrine Quinn

    Senator Ball Honoree, Erin Bentivegna

    Senator Ball Honoree, Mary Monte

    Senator Ball Honoree, Antoinette DeBellis


    For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.