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ALBANY, NY (08/15/2013)(readMedia)– Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York announces the 2013 Women of Distinction honorees for Clinton, Essex, Franklin & Hamilton counties: Joyce Rafferty, Vice President of Finance, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital – Distinguished Trailblazer; Anita Meserole, Volunteer, Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties – Distinguished Community Leader; Jennifer McGinn, Student, Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District – Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow; Theresa Bennett, Volunteer/Board of Directors, NAMI: CV – Distinguished Personal Achievement; Deborah L. Frederick, Speech Therapist, North Country Kids – Distinguished Personal Achievement; Alice Heckard, Volunteer, Clinton County Christmas Bureau – Lifetime Achievement. These women will receive their recognition at a dinner event at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road in Plattsburgh, NY on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online. The event will include an extensive silent auction with proceeds benefiting Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. The event’s presenting Silver Sponsor is the Walmart Foundation with the Trefoil sponsor Pepsi Bottling. For more information, please contact Maegan Frantz, Alumnae Relations Specialist at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (518-348-1413 x402).

Women of Distinction (WOD) is a nationwide program of Girl Scouts of the USA that recognizes the achievements of women. Since 1985, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York has been hosting WOD events in different areas of the council from Plattsburgh to Albany. The council covers 15 counties in Upstate New York and serves nearly 11,000 girls. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouts with helping them to build the set of skills that paved their road to success.

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