Twenty nominated for 2018 Women of Excellence honor

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Last year's winners of the annual Women of Excellence Awards (l-r) Nannette Turner-Williams, Phyllis Bosomworth, Karin Montero and Jordan Suchon are shown Wednesday, June 21, 2017. This year's luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday at at The Carolina Center at noon.


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time is running out to buy tickets for this year's Women of Excellence luncheon sponsored by the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Holly Staples asked attendees to buy tickets no later than Friday, to help with planning the large event to be held Wednesday at The Carolina Center in the Pasquotank County Commerce Park. Individual tickets are $25 each, while corporate tickets that reserve a table of eight are $225. The Chamber will still sell tickets early next week, but tickets will not be sold at the door, she noted.

Staples said the luncheon has grown from last year’s event, thanks to broad community interest and an active organizing committee. The Chamber will recognize six women out of 20 nominees for their community service; that’s up from four winners out of 12 nominees last year. The Chamber is recognizing more women due to both the number and quality of nominees, she said.

The nominees are:

* Jo Ellen Aspinwall

* Shannon Baylor Henderson

* Gwen Bell

* Angela Cobb

* Caitlin Davis

* Hortense Dodo

* Lauren Gillikin

* Rachel Weber Gragson

* Angela Griffin

* Wilma Harris

* Kenya Hinton

* Dominique Leonard Curry

* Cheryl Luton

* Debbie Malenfant

* Ginger O'Neal.

* Dallas Rice

* Tammy Sawyer

* Ganelle Sutton

* Amy Taylor

* Britney Tribuzio

Last year's women of excellence were: Karin Montero, a fundraiser and supporter for public schools and other youth groups; Phyllis Bosomworth, a supporter of organizations including Albemarle Hopeline and Arts of the Albemarle; Jordan Suchon, a U.S. Coast Guardswoman who spearheaded Coast Guard volunteer efforts; and Nannette Turner-Williams, of the NCWorks offices, who was recognized for years of service and changes to better help unemployed people find new work.

Staples said the proceeds from the luncheon will help support Chamber operations. For more information, including how to buy tickets, call the Chamber at 335-4365.