Saturday, November 6, 2004

Event honors five women for service, perseverance

West Chester Chamber offers dinner, awards

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Five Butler County women will be honored as Women of Excellence by the West Chester Chamber Alliance.

Dr. Kathleen Alter, Joyce Dineen, Patti Garibay, Constance R. Hudson and Sherry Owens will be recognized for their contributions to the community at the chamber's third annual awards dinner Nov. 19 at the Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason.

"This event allows the community to identify and honor women who show great leadership, remarkable resourcefulness and a spirit of perseverance," said Kathy Rambo, chamber vice president. "Often, these women are not out in the spotlight but are quietly making positive things happen behind the scenes."

The women are nominated by residents and business leaders, then chosen by a committee of past winners and chamber members.

Selection is based on the enhancement of business, education, culture and philanthropy in the community and region through career or volunteer work.

Marilynn D. Johnson, vice president of Minority Market Development for IBM, will serve as the keynote speaker, and WCPO-TV's Deb Silverman will emcee.

Tickets are available for this black-tie-optional event. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. A portion of the proceeds will fund women's scholarships for post-secondary education.

The evening starts with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an 8 p.m. awards ceremony.

Women of Excellence

The five women to be honored at the 2004 Women of Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala:

Dr. Kathleen Alter: With an internal medicine practice in Fairfield and as a chair of the medical staff at Mercy Hospital, Alter has worked to improve the quality of patient care, including making house calls.

Joyce Dineen: She donated a kidney to her husband of 38 years, and demonstrated her strength as she became the primary provider for the family.

Patti Garibay: She has worked for the female youth of Butler County. In 1995, Garibay founded the American Heritage Girls, a religious and service-based organization that has a membership of more than 4,000 in over 30 states.

Constance R. Hudson: A breast cancer survivor, she made it her mission to educate others about the disease. Most recently, Hudson co-founded the local chapter of the Sisters Network Inc., an organization committed to increasing attention of the devastating impact of breast cancer in the African-American community.

Sherry Owens: As a young widow, Owens became involved with Fernside, a center for grieving children and families in Cincinnati. She accepted leadership roles within the organization and remains active in it 20 years later.

For more information or to purchase tickets call (513) 777-3600 or go to

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