'Woman of Distinction' Award

2005 "WOMEN OF DISTINCTION" AWARDS

Annual Event Honors Women's Contributions to Communities

The New York State Senate's "Woman of Distinction" program was created in 1998 as part of the State's celebration of Women's History Month to honor exemplary women from across New York State whose singular professional or personal achievements, commitment to excellence and accomplishments merit special recognition. Honorees are selected from across the state.
A special committee has chosen women who were most deserving of honor and recognition. Queens distinguished honorees for 2005 include: Natalia Paruz, Anne Romano, Emelise Aleandri, Clara Sarrocco, Olga Mucciolo, Joanne De Lisi, Josephine Truglio and Carol Whitthopf. The honorees were honored at a special brunch reception in Senator Maltese's district, Friday, June 10th at the Paolucci Conference Center in Middle Village. During this event Natalia Paruz, the youngest of the honorees, entertained the guests by playing 'America the Beautiful' and two pieces by Queens composer Scott Munson, on the musical saw.

Senator Serphin R. Maltese, Senator, Queens County, requested local civic and community leaders and residents to nominate women whose hard work and determination have made outstanding contributions to Queens and even beyond. Nominees either contributed to their local community, excelled in the world of business or academics, performed a heroic or selfless act or made significant accomplishments against difficult odds.
"There are remarkable women in our neighborhoods whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, making our families stronger and serve as special examples to others," said Senator Maltese. "This program provides a unique opportunity to honor these women for their achievements and thank them for their invaluable contributions."


Natalia with Senator Serphin Maltese and the other recipients of the award


Natalia receiving the award from Senator Serphin Maltese


Natalia Paruz, the youngest of the honorees, entertained the guests by playing 'America the Beautiful' and two pieces by Queens composer Scott Munson, on the musical saw.


Senator Serphin R. Maltese, Natalia Paruz, composer Scott Munson


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