MOOSIC – Providing bullet-proof vests to police officers, equine therapy for traumatized children, celebrity for fundraising efforts – these are but a few of the many selfless works for which amazing women in Northeastern Pennsylvania are responsible.
Impressions Media, parent company of The Times Leader and numerous other websites and publications, celebrated the accomplishments and commitment to service of 13 of these women with the company’s 2011 Great Women of Northeast Pennsylvania awards, presented at a high tea on Tuesday afternoon at Glenmaura National Golf Club.
“It is truly a pleasure to recognize these extraordinary women who are not only contributing to our present, but making our future stronger as well,” Richard Connor, president, publisher and chief executive officer of Impressions Media, said in welcoming the women and some 200 guests.
Connor said the event is also meant to help build a network of community volunteers and make everyone aware of “the important organizations that women serve and in many cases have built.”
Connor and Prashant Shitut, president of Impressions Media, presented the women, one by one, with the awards as Helen Lavelle, of Lavelle Strategy Group and a 2010 award recipient, read summaries of each woman’s accomplishments and service.
• Gloria Adonizio Blandina, of Wyoming – director of Care and Concern Free Health Clinic.
• Jeanne Bovard, of Scranton – director of the Scranton Area Foundation.
• Denise Vitali Burne, of Scranton – president of Matt Burne Honda.
• Anna Cervenak, of Forty Fort – chair of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s ATHENA committee.
• Debbie Dunleavy, of Pittston – former TV news anchor, telethon/fundraiser host.
• Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, of Scranton – CEO of St. Joseph’s Center.
• April Laposky, of Lake Ariel – started Marley’s Mission to provide equine therapy for children.
• Sondra Myers, of Scranton – senior fellow at the University of Scranton.
• Gina Pocceschi-Boyle, of Sweet Valley – co-founded Fallen Officers Remembered.
• Donna Sedor, of Wilkes-Barre – vice president, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.
• Karen Thomas, of Scranton – senior vice president/marketing manager at Penn Security Bank.
• Wendy Wilson, of Scranton – vice president of marketing, communications and external affairs, Community Medical Center.
• Linda Zaneski, of Edwardsville – nurse, poet, mentor, mom, former councilwoman, volunteer.
Honoree Debbie Dunleavy found it “very gratifying to be among these exceptional women, who have given of themselves their time and talents over the years to enrich the community and to give back whatever gifts were given to them.”
Donna Sedor thought it was “really outstanding that The Times Leader takes an opportunity to honor some of the women who are doing so many things in our community. I’m honored to be among them,” she said.
Gina Pocceschi-Boyle said she was honored by the award and “to be in the presence of all those other women that won the award. They’re amazing. Anyone who goes out and helps and volunteers, I just find amazing.”
A tab insert featuring short stories on each of the women will appear in The Times Leader and other Impressions Media publications on Sunday or on Oct. 5.