10th Anniversary Women of Distinction and Caring Luncheon
Over 400 community leaders gathered at the Downtown Hilton to honor and celebrate the 8 exceptional women in our community who have made a significant impact on the lives of others locally and globally through their leadership, volunteerism, professional work and philanthropy.
Chaired by Norma Jean Abraham and Ana Veiga-Milton, the day included a champagne reception and lavish silent auction with boutique shopping, followed by the lunch and honoree celebration. The 2019 Honorees were: Hon. Amy Dean, Lilliam Machado, Dr. Barbara Montford, MD., Dr. Margaret Pericak- Vance, Ph.D., Barbara Reese, Silvia Elena Rios, Michele Ryder, MSN, RN, MSHSA, CENP, and Patricia Whitely, Ed.D. This year’s BESSIE Award was presented to Marisa Galbut and Elana Galbut who represented 15 great grandchildren of Hebrew Homes Founder Bessie Galbut and her daughter-in-law, Bessie D. Galbut.
Proceeds support the Plaza Health Network Foundation’s patient focused innovative programs and services for patients of Plaza Health Network that go above and beyond what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and Insurances. Foundation funding priorities include the Music & Memory program for patients with Alzheimer’s and diminished cognitive skills, cultural arts events, and supporting uncompensated care for patients not covered by insurances.