Announcing the 2019 Women of the Year Awards Recipients!

It was a packed house at the Eagle Mountain Event Center on Thursday evening, April 4, where the recipients of the fifth annual Women of the Year Awards were announced. This hallmark event, in partnership with US Bank, showcases and celebrates the impacts that the incredible women of Central Oregon have on our community. With a field of over 40 initial nominees, selecting the award recipients for the six award categories was a daunting task. “People ask me if we really do vet the nominees,” said awards judge Connie Druliner. “The answer is yes and I counted it up this year and we spent 50 hours in the decision-making process.”

To see the event, the tears of joy and camaraderie, the laughter, and all the great back stories of the nominees and award recipients, check out the video from the Facebook Live Stream here. And now, the awards recipients are…


Entrepreneur of the Year // Affton Coffelt

Affton Coffelt, founder of Broken Top Candle Co., has taken the clean candle industry by storm in 3 short years. Broken Top Candle Company supports clean, sustainable products, all of their soy candles are handcrafted using pure soy wax, all natural cotton wicks, and essential oil infused fragrances. Hand-poured in Bend, Oregon, USA. Affton started the company in her kitchen, and they are now crafted in her 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse. READ MORE

Young Hero (14-17) // Jacquelynn Lopez-Lai

Jacquelynn Lopez-Lai is a senior at Mountain View High School where she consistently and unabashedly strives to make her world a better place by including and encouraging others. With a future goal of becoming a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse, her involvement in the school and community revolves around helping and inspiring children. READ MORE

Young Hero (18-21) // Lynnea Fredrickson

Lynnea is the Student Life Office Manager and Marketing Specialist at OSU-Cascades. She is a Communications major and is passionate about equitable access to higher education for central Oregon students, including being real about the challenges of being a first-generation college student, a transfer, a minority students, a homeless student and so much more. READ MORE

Community Hero // Anna Higgins

Anna currently works for the High Desert Education Service District (HDESD); an umbrella organization that provides fiscal and services to school districts throughout Central Oregon and beyond. In addition to her 15-year, varied background in Education, Anna also has-two Master’s Degrees in Education. READ MORE

Lifetime Achievement // Peggy Carey

Peggy was the first Cancer Services Director for St. Charles Medical Center where she developed the suite of services for cancer patients and their families. Among these services, Peggy spearheaded the Sara Fisher Breast Project raising awareness about the increasing incidence of breast cancer and the need for screening for early detection services for under-served women and support and information for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. READ MORE

Woman of the Year // Dawn Holland

“Dawn is without question one of the greatest most compassionate Women I have ever met. She is the founder and director of DAWNS House, sober living for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol. READ MORE

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