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Meet our 2014 Women of Distinction!

Women of Distinction Awards luncheon is Oct. 16

Illinois Valley Living magazine’s winners of the second annual Women of Distinction Award have been selected. Six women from the Illinois Valley will be honored at a luncheon where participants will enjoy a delicious afternoon meal while hearing the stories of these six women who have made a difference in the Illinois Valley.

Chosen by a panel of judges who were last year’s Women of Distinction winners., the following women were selected from a large pool of nominations:

• Donna Barker of Wyanet.

• Michelle Brady of Peru.

• Pam Lange of Princeton.

• Mary Paula Lanham of Sheffield.

• Eleanor Walker of Princeton.

• Carole Yandel of Wyanet.

Nominations were solicited from the entire Illinois Valley, and those who chose to nominate an area woman were asked to think of someone who has made a difference in the Illinois Valley and gone the extra mile to benefit others.

“I was so impressed with the number of nominations we received, and even more impressed with the qualifications of all the women who were nominated,” said Illinois Valley Living/Bureau County Republican Editor Terri Simon. “Wow! We are very fortunate in this area to have so many deserving women who we can proudly call Women of Distinction.” Simon will emcee the event.

The six aforementioned Women of Distinction will be honored at a luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby. The event will begin with plenty of time for networking, a delicious lunch, an awards presentation and the opportunity to hear briefly from the six Women of Distinction winners.

Princeton resident and WGN talk show host, Kathy O’Malley of the “Kathy and Judy Show” is the keynote speaker. O’Malley, known for not just her popular radio show, but also for her volunteerism, her quick wit and her support of women and their battles, sacrifices and successes, will entertain the crowd.

Presenting sponsor of the Women of Distinction is Heartland Bank. Perry Memorial Hospital is the keynote sponsor. Major sponsors include St. Margaret’s Health, Illinois Valley Community College, Liberty Village, Flowers by Julia, Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre and Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

Tickets to the Women of Distinction Awards luncheon on Oct. 16 will be available Tuesday. Reserve your tickets by calling the BCR at 815-875-4461, ext. 6320, or stop by at the BCR office at 800 Ace Road, Princeton, for credit card/cash orders.

Tickets, which includes lunch, the program and plenty of giveaways, are $28 per person. No refunds will be issued, and there is limited seating available. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration of women in the Illinois Valley.

“I know everyone is going to really enjoy this event — men and women alike,” Simon said. “This is about honoring all women in the Illinois Valley who have and continue to make a difference. We are very lucky to have so many deserving women in this area. I hope to see you there, so you, too, can show your support of our Women of Distinction.”

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