Every March, the YWCA Princeton celebrates a handful of women in honor of Women’s History Month through the Tribute to Women Awards. This March, eight women will be honored in the Tribute to Women Awards in recognition of their exemplary professional and personal accomplishments and their dedication to community service. The Tribute to Women Awards will be held on Friday, March 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton.

The eight women being honored this year embody the YWCA Princeton mission, which is to eliminate racism and empower women. This year’s honorees are:

  • Barbara Purnell, Waxwood Lifetime Award for Service, Community Advocate and Volunteer
  • Zoe Brookes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Trenton Circus Squad
  • Tracy McManimon, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer at NJM Insurance Group
  • Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO at New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
  • Linda Oppenheim, Fannie Floyd Racial Justice Award, Community Activist
  • Martha Sword, Community Leader
  • Robin Walton, Vice President of Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State University
  • Patrizia Zita, Principal at Kaufman Zita Group

These women will join an elite group of Tribute to Women Honorees, totaling over 600 women who have been honored since the event began in 1984. The Honorees also include women honored through the former YWCA Trenton.

“This year’s honorees have, in their own distinct and unique ways, embodied our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women,” said YWCA Princeton CEO Judy Hutton. “It is critical, at this moment in time, that we recognize and celebrate the power of women and all that women are able to accomplish. We have always believed in women and the Tribute to Women Awards honors an exceptional group of women.”

Wells Fargo has returned as the Presenting Sponsor. Thomas Edison State University and Capital Health are Collaborating Sponsors. New Jersey Business and Industry Association is the Media Sponsor. The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is the Chamber Sponsor. Diverse Style and Cosmetics by Catelli are the Beauty Sponsors. In-Kind sponsors include Hamilton Jewelers, Hyatt Regency Princeton, Lisa Sullivan Digital Artist, Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Company, Princetonian Graphics, TapSnap1097, NJM Insurance Group, Riverview Studios, and Cranbury Station Gallery.

Tickets to the Tribute to Women Awards are on sale now. The cost is $175 per person and $1,500 for a table (ten seats) or $875 for a half table (five seats). A discounted rate is available for emerging young professionals. Prices increase after February 22. Ticket are available online at www.ywcaprinceton.org/tribute. Sponsorship opportunities and ads for the program book are available. For more information, email tribute@ywcaprinceton.org or call 609-497-2100 x 316.

The Tribute to Women Awards will be held on Friday, March 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. The event begins at 5 p.m.

About The Tribute to Women Awards. The Tribute to Women Awards is a signature YWCA Princeton event that was established in 1984 and has since honored exemplary women from the Greater Mercer County area, who embody the YWCA mission, have demonstrated sustained leadership and exceptional talent and who have made significant contributions to their professions. For more details, please visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/tribute.

The Waxwood Lifetime Award for Service, is named after Susie Waxwood who was the first African-American executive director of the YWCA Princeton from 1958 to 1968. She was a leader in the racial justice and civil rights movements, and served the Princeton community in many ways.

The Fannie Floyd Racial Justice Award was established in 2009 in memory of longtime YWCA Princeton supporter Fannie E. Floyd. This eponymous award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions towards the goal of eliminating racism in their community, a key mission of the YWCA Princeton.

About YWCA Princeton. Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a not-for-profit organization with thousands of members, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. 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.

For more information, visit www.ywcaprinceton.org.

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