GREENWICH, Conn. — A snow-filled morning didn’t deter the Greenwich YWCA from holding its annual BRAVA award luncheon, which honors women who empower others in the community.
“We’ve had 39 BRAVA events and it has snowed at only two, but I will you tell you it's very empowering to see all the women in the audience who braved the snow,” Greenwich YWCA President Adrienne Singer told those who had gathered to honor the YWCA’s honorees during the event at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Friday.
The awards are an annual tradition that “recognize outstanding women who are role models and mentors who have made significant contributions to the community and pave paths for other women and girls to follow,” according to Singer.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) thanked the honorees for their work and said they inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
“I think that you can’t say enough about what their example means — not just to the individuals who know them but the individuals who watch them, who have seen the greatness that they have achieved, the ceilings that they have shattered, the expectations that they have defied and believe they can do the same thing,” Murphy told the crowd.
Young women have been inspired to remove the limitations they place on themselves because of the trailblazing efforts of the honorees, he said.
Proceed from the event help the Greenwich YWCA to provide scholarships to children and to support domestic violence victims throughout the year.
The honorees, who include leaders in the business, medical and nonprofit fields, include:
- Ellen Adams, managing principal of Hinoki Capital Management
- Nancy Altobello, global vice chair of talent at EY
- Dr. Anne H. Angevine, attending physician at the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital
- Sheyrl Y. Battles, vice president of communications and diversity strategy at Pitney Bowes Inc.
- Laura W. Beck, principal at Cummings & Lockwood
- Paola Garelick, co-founder and owner at Garelick & Herbs
- Christine Georgopulo, owner of Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich
- Melissa H. Mulrooney, executive director and CEO of Stamford Museum & Nature Center
- Lindsay A. Sheehy, partner at Dickstein Shapiro
- Dr. Stacy Zarakiotis, diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Dr. Felice Zwas, chief of gastroenterology and chairman of the medical executive committee at Greenwich Hospital
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