Alexandria’s Commission for Women has announced the names of the honorees for its 35th Annual Salute to Women Awards. Eleven women will be recognized for their accomplishments in civic life and for the improvements they have brought to the well-being of Alexandria’s women. The awards are presented for achievement in a wide range of private and governmental pursuits, including the arts, business, service to youth, public policy, health and safety, public service and civic leadership.
The 2015 Awardees, who were selected by an independent committee appointed by the Commission, are: LaDonna Sanders (Rising Star Award), Ginny Hill-Obranovich (Making a Difference Award), Valarie Wright (Women’s Health and Safety Advocate Award), Brooksie Koopman (Susan Lowell Butler Lifetime Achievement Award), Cynthia Anderson (Maguerite Payez Leadership Award), Lorraine Friedman (Youth Community Services Award-Adult), Zauhirah Tipu (Youth Community Services Award-Youth), Suzanne Maxey (Marian Van Landingham Legislation and Public Policy Award), Joan Singer (Donna Bergheim Cultural Affairs Award), Ashley McNeff Behrens (Leadership in Business and Career Development Award) and the late Laurie Meyer (Vola Lawson Award).
The Salute to Women Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 26, at the Patent and Trade Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. Sponsorships and ads in the program are also available.