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Westchester County’s First Women’s History Month WOW Awards

Westchester County Celebrates First WOW Awards Winners revealed at virtual event Thursday, March 25th

[Editor’s Note: Updated Friday morning March 26, 2021 at 10:28 am to add videos previously unavailable]

(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer is joining the celebration of Women’s History Month at the County’s First WOW (Women of Westchester) Awards. Seven local women, nominated by their peers in their community, were honored for their extraordinary work during the pandemic and beyond.

“Women are the keystone of our community and society as a whole. Without their leadership, the next generation would not have the drive and ambition we see today,” CE Latimer shared. “These exceptional honorees have shown compassion, faith and perseverance during one of the most trying times in our lives.”

Chief Executive Officer of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Judith Watson and El Centro Hispano Executive Director Isabel Villar served as the Keynote Speakers and New York Emmy Award winning WABC-TV reporter Naveen Dhaliwal served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Celebrating the power, strength and independence of Westchester County women, members of County Executive George Latimer’s team formed a committee to pay tribute to local women and honor them for their contributions during the pandemic. The nomination process is open now until Feb. 28, 2021. Those nominating an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things are asked to submit a photo and short essay. The committee choose the winners are and reveal them at the online event March 25th.

Awards were handed out in the following categories:

Healing Hands: Highlighting Health and Wellness – Nubia Earth Martin of Yonkers

The Next Generation: Spotlighting a woman working with children in education or childcare – Frances-Ann Lightsy of Mount Vernon

Women Supporting Women: Showcasing a local woman who continues to lift others – Mariana Alonso-Jusafaj of New Rochelle

Charity Begins at Home: Identifying women helping the community with basic needs like housing or food – Donna Brown of Tuckahoe


About AJ Woodson (2375 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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