YWCA Pekin is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 35th Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 5th at the Pekin Country Club. The event will begin with a social from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the luncheon program.
Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 20th. To qualify, nominated women must have residence or employment in Tazewell County and meet specific criteria for the nominating category. Women may be nominated as outstanding employee or for contributions to the arts, business, professions, sports, or community service.
The arts award is given to a woman displaying skill in drama, dance, music, painting, literature, sculpting, the graphic arts, or other artistic endeavors. An accomplished banker, realtor, agent or other businesswoman, business owner or partner will receive the business award. The professions award is bestowed on an outstanding educator, lawyer, doctor, aviator, social worker, or other professional with special licensing or training.
Sports award nominations may include women who either pursue sports as a hobby or a career, or promote sports in the community. A volunteer or community leader for a nonprofit agency or other community organization will receive the community service award, and the outstanding employee award will be presented to a woman who has exhibited on-the-job excellence and loyalty to her employer.
YWCA Pekin’s Board of Directors will also select the Mission Award recipient for dedication to achieving the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In addition, Tazewell County schools will have the opportunity to honor a female student for outstanding academic, extracurricular, and volunteer leadership. Winners will be recognized at the luncheon.
Women’s Recognition Day was established in 1982 to honor the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service. Luncheon reservations are open to the public and must be made by Friday, April 29th. Nomination and luncheon reservation forms are available at YWCA Pekin during regular business hours or on the YWCA website. For more information, call the YWCA at 347-2104 or visit www.ywca.org/pekin.