January 22, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Krista Liles, Special Event Coordinator, YWCA Clark County
25 YEARS. 200 WOMEN.
ONE SENSATIONAL SILVER CELEBRATION.
Clark College and YWCA Clark County announce the 2009 Women of Achievement and Young Women of Achievement honorees
VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Monday, March 23, 2009, Clark College and YWCA Clark County will honor – for the 25th year – women of achievement.
The 2009 honorees will bring to 200 the number of women honored over the past 25 years. In addition, three new names will be added to the list of Young Women of Achievement honorees.
The 2009 Women of Achievement honorees are:
In addition, three Young Women of Achievement will be honored during the 2009 celebration. They are:
The Young Women of Achievement honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. Cole will receive a scholarship from First Independent Bank. Nicholson will receive the Donna Roberge-Nozel Scholarship. Ortiz will receive the Violet Richardson Scholarship from Soroptimist International of Vancouver.
The 2009 celebration, honoring women who have made lasting and far-reaching contributions throughout Southwest Washington and beyond, will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. KGW-TV anchor Laural Porter will serve as emcee for the 2009 Women of Achievement celebration, which is co-sponsored by Clark College and YWCA Clark County. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The awards program will begin at noon.
Ticket cost is $35 per person or $350 for a table of ten. For information or reservations, call the YWCA Clark County at 360-906-4301.
About the Women of Achievement celebration
Celebrating women's lives -- filled with courage, strength and determination -- is valuable for us all. This belief was the motivation for the Women of Achievement Celebration, which was founded in 1985 by Pat Watne, director of Women's Programs at Clark College.
Watne created an awards program that would commemorate National Women's History Month and International Women's Day in March. It would also recognize and honor local women for their outstanding community contributions.
During the first few years, women were honored at a small tea held on the Clark College campus. In 1991, YWCA Clark County joined with Clark College in sponsoring the Women of Achievement Celebration.
Over the years, it has evolved into a luncheon that is Southwest Washington's largest event honoring women.
About Laural Porter
Laural Porter can be seen weeknights anchoring KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 @ 6:30 with Tracy Barry and NewsChannel 8 @ 11 with Joe Donlon, and at 10:00 p.m. on Newschannel 8 on Portland's CW. She is also the host of a new current affairs program, “Straight Talk,” airing on Saturday nights at 7 p.m.
Laural Porter is a five-time Northwest Regional Emmy award winner. She was recognized in 2008 for her story on extreme mountain biking and how it's transforming the tiny timber town of Falls City, Ore. into a mountain biking mecca. In 2007, she won an Emmy for feature reporting for her inspiring story on Oregon soldier Christian Bagge, who lost both legs in Iraq. Through hard work and determination, Bagge learned how to use special prosthetic limbs and, six months after his injuries, he ran around the White House lawn with President Bush. She also won three Emmys for her exclusive story "Where's Molly?" which chronicled Jeff Daly's search for his sister, Molly, who had been sent away 50 years ago to the Oregon Institution for the Feeble Minded. Daly’s search also led to a new Oregon law helping others to reunite with long-lost family members.
Laural Porter received her bachelor of science degree in communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She was also named "Outstanding Graduate" by the UCSB communication department.
EDITORS’ NOTE: Biographies of all of the 2009 honorees – including high-resolution photos – are available at http://www.clark.edu/news_events/womenofachievement2009.php