August 16, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams


"Women of Excellence" Sought For 2008 Awards

Nominations are being sought for the sixteenth annual "Women of Excellence" awards program sponsored by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is looking for outstanding women nominees of Union County who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following categories: Arts and Humanities; Business/Entrepreneur; Community Service; Education; Government; Law; Law Enforcement; Medicine/Health Care; Volunteerism, Women's Advocacy, Distinguished Young Leader, and/or Lifetime Achievement. The women selected from the nominees will be honored at The Westwood, 438 North Avenue in Garwood on Friday March 28 2008
at 7 p.m.

For the official 2008 Women of Excellence Award Nomination Form, please call Barry Gellar at (908)527-4100, or go to to download the form. Forms are also available at the Union County Public Information Van. Please mail completed forms to Mrs. Joan Abitante, 322 Dietz Street, Roselle, NJ 07203. The Union County Commission on the Status of Women will be accepting nominations until November 1, 2007.

Due to the overwhelming interest in this annual event, the Union County Commission on the Status of Women is encouraging all nominations to be submitted as soon as possible. For additional information, please call Barry Gellar at (908)527-4100.

The recipients of the Union County 2007 Women of Excellence awards were honored on March 23, 2007 at the Westwood in Garwood, NJ:

  • Barbara Ball of Westfield for Education
  • Betty Pressy Bryant of Hillside for Arts
  • Reni Erdos of Scotch Plains for Law
  • Dr. Barbara Gaba of Princeton Junction for Higher Education (works in Cranford)
  • Anne Leonard of Garwood for Lifetime Achievement
  • Mayor Colleen M. Mahr of Fanwood for Government
  • Rosemary McClave of Hillside for Public Service
  • Barbara Morison of Kenilworth for Community Service
  • Rudine Smith of Plainfield for Business
  • Councilwoman Deborah Stroud of Hillside for Government
  • Dr. Virginia Waters of Cranford for Health Care
  • Shirley Whitaker of Plainfield for Humanitarianism.

While the honorees’ backgrounds and contributions to Union County were widely varied, they all shared a common talent: they helped make Union County a better place to live and work.