“This year, a record number of nominations were submitted, which is a testament to the scope and scale of women’s impact on our communities, businesses and daily lives,” said Robin Rogers, Bend Chamber Event Director. “We’re very excited to announce the recipients in each of the five award categories.” “Central Oregon is filled with hard-working, forward-thinking women from many industries and backgrounds. From the dozens of diverse nominees to the judging panel, each person involved in this process has highlighted the wealth of talent and commitment our region holds. While it was incredibly difficult to narrow down a single winner for each category, I am delighted that we get to share the stories of the five outstanding, inspirational women who emerged as winners in this year’s awards,” shared Nicole Vulcan, Women of the Year Awards Judge and Editor of the Source Weekly.
The awards ceremony was held at a packed Eagle Mountain Event Center on February 28, 2020, and emceed by Moe Carrick, 2016 Woman of the Year Award recipient and founder of Moementum, Inc. As an added bonus for the recipient of the Young Hero Award, she receives a scholarship award of $4000. The scholarship award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Robberson Ford Lincoln Mazda, Bigfoot Beverages, and Hayden Homes.
And the recipients are…
- Woman of the Year – Jesse Durham, Sisters Coffee
- Lifetime Achievement – Lawnae Hunter, PLUS Property Management
- Advancing Women – Karina Smith, High Desert ESD
- Community Hero – Ruth Jones, OSU Open Campus
- Young Hero – Angie Acevedo, COCC
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