Richmond, VA ' February 21, 2006 ' Ten area women have been selected as the 2006 Outstanding Women by the YWCA of Richmond. This year's winners are Jo B. Kennedy, Paula Paster Gulak, Nancy Wright Beasley, Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, Delores L. McQuinn, Aradhana Bela Sood, M.D., Lynne B. Hughes, Anne B. Holton, Martha Franck Rollins, and Geraldine Byrd Story.
This year marks 26 years of recognizing and celebrating the outstanding women of central Virginia. Since 1980, the YWCA has been honoring outstanding women with the Outstanding Women Awards in 10 categories. Winners are nominated and selected in arts, business, communications, education, health and science, human relations, government and politics, law, religion and volunteerism categories.
This year's winners were selected from nearly 80 nominees, based on their impact on the community, their leadership skills, a high level of personal and professional achievement, and commitment to equality and racial harmony.
The honorees will be formally recognized and celebrated at the 26th Annual Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon at 11:30 on Friday, April 21, 2006 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Event proceeds will benefit YWCA programs, including the Child Development Center, 24-hour crisis hotlines, domestic violence shelters, and sexual assault response services.
Pictured: ARC Board member Mrs. Geraldine Story (right) the recipient of the YWCA Outstanding Women Award for Community Volunteerism. Her sister, LaVerne Byrd-Smith (left)was a past honoree in the area of Communications.