CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- YWCA of Charleston has announced the 2014 Women of Achievement honorees.
The women will be honored at an awards luncheon to be held March 7 at Embassy Suites in Charleston.
The annual event is geared to honor women who live, work and volunteer in the greater Charleston area. Honorees who achieved notable accomplishments in both their personal and professional lives will be recognized at the 18th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon.
The ninth annual Empowerment Award will honor a woman who, with assistance from YWCA programs, has overcome adversity and challenges to become productive and self-reliant.
Three women have been named 2014 Women of Achievement honorees.
* Mary Kay Bond is founder of Read Aloud West Virginia. She serves as executive director of the organization geared to put books in the minds and hands of children throughout the state.
* Susan G. Poffenbarger, award-winning artist, is the first woman in West Virginia to receive a federal commission for art.
* Diane Strong-Treister is president and franchise owner of Manpower, an employment services company. She operates 11 offices in West Virginia and Kentucky with thousands of employees in administrative, industrial and professional positions.
The Empowerment Award goes to Glenna Hughes, who has overcome chronic homelessness, great personal loss and addiction through perseverance and help of YWCA programs. She resides at YWCA Empowerment Homes and is a regular volunteer at YWCA 2nd Seating Gently Used Furniture Store where proceeds help offset operating costs of programs.
Chairwoman of the 2014 awards luncheon is Jane Powell, a member of the YWCA board of directors.
Sponsors are being sought for the event, a fundraiser to benefit YWCA programs. These include the YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families, YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program (for battered women and children, YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center, YWCA Alicia McCormick Homes (transitional housing), YWCA Empowerment Homes (chronically homeless women), and YWCA Shanklin Center (victims of elder abuse).
For more information regarding tickets or sponsorships for the upcoming awards luncheon, contact Carol Sun, YWCA development director, at c...@ywcacharleston.org or 304-414-3113. Information is also available on the ywcacharleston.org website.