Can you think of a woman who possesses the qualities of leadership, influence, and dedication to the greater Princeton community? YWCA Princeton has identified eight such extraordinary women and will honor them at the 34th anniversary of the prestigious Tribute to Women Awards on Thursday, March 9, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

Through their numerous contributions and accomplishments, these women have demonstrated a high level of leadership, exceptional talent, generosity to the community, and support of the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

This year’s honorees are:

• Waxwood Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Klitgaard

• CommUnity Award: Pamela Hughes

• Ana I. Berdecia, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy

• Kate Germond, Centurion

• Lorraine Holcombe, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce

• Heather Howard, Princeton University

• Jane Milrod, CHADD of Princeton-Mercer County

• Betsy Ryan, NJ Hospital Association

“Honorees are nominated by colleagues and peers in the workplace and in the community,” said YWCA CEO Judy Hutton. “The event has grown significantly over the past four decades with nearly 500 community leaders and business representatives attending the Annual Awards ceremony. All support the mission of the YWCA. This year, we will also celebrate the former honorees of YWCA Trenton,” she added.

Karen Jezierny (Tribute Honoree, 2008) and Jigna Rao (Tribute Honoree, 2014) are serving as event co-chairs. Wells Fargo is returning as Presenting Sponsor and is joined by Sustaining Sponsor Judy Scheide, Collaborating Sponsors Capital Health and PSEG, and Supporting Sponsors Merrill Lynch and NJM Insurance Group.

In-kind sponsors include Doodie Meyer, Gellman Images, Global Planners, Inc., Hamilton Jewelers, Herbstone Design, LLC, Hyatt Regency Princeton, La Jolie Salon & Spa, Lisa Sullivan Digital Artist, Mary Harris Events, Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Company, Princetonian Graphics, Stimulus Brand, and TapSnap1097.

The YWCA Princeton has been serving the needs and interests of women and families in the greater Princeton community for over 90 years. This event raises crucial funds to allow the organization to continue offering services to those in need, including English as a Second Language classes, breast cancer support, competitive all-girls robotics, dance, year-round multi-lingual nursery schools, before and after-school child care, High School Equivalency Testing and Preparation, and more.

Tickets to the Awards Dinner are on sale at The cost is $150 per person (on or before February 16); $1,500 for tables of 10 and $750 for half tables of 5. Price per ticket increases to $175 on and after February 17. For more information on this event, contact Nancy Faherty at or 609-497-2100 ext. 316.

YWCA Princeton. Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a local not-for-profit organization with thousands of members. It serves Mercer County and Central NJ through educational and recreational classes, social services, advocacy, and leadership development. Programs include aquatics, arts and crafts, breast cancer resources, childcare, community events, dance, early childhood education, English as a Second Language, High School equivalency preparation and testing and a Newcomers group for those new to the area. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world with affiliates in over 120 countries and with 250 associations in the U.S. It is a safe community building strong women leaders, empowering women, and eliminating racism. For more information, visit

Tribute to Women Awards, Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center, Princeton. Thursday, March 9. Cocktail Reception, 5:15 p.m.; Dinner & Program 6:15 p.m.

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