Girl Scouts, YWCA Announce Co-Chairs of 2013 Tribute Event - Daily Hudson Valley News

Girl Scouts, YWCA Announce Co-Chairs of 2013 Tribute Event

Nov 19th, 2012 | By | Category: In Your Town

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County are pleased to announce their first-ever mother/daughter co-chairs for the 2013 Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County event. Past Tribute honorees Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and daughter Natasha Vega will co-chair the 21st annual recognition event.

Dr. Winchester-Vega, a resident of Newburgh, was the 2011 recipient of the Bobbie A. Lahey Memorial Award for Volunteer Services. Natasha Vega, a recent graduate of Poughkeepsie Day School and a freshman at Penn State, was named the 2012 Woman of the Future.

“The annual Tribute to Women event is important for recognizing the accomplishments of some of the many successful women in Orange County,” said Dr. Winchester-Vega. “Natasha and I are delighted to be the first mother/daughter team to chair the event. The Tribute to Women is one of Orange County’s longest-running recognition events and the only one solely for women. We hope to bring a unique perspective that will focus new energy and attention to the Tribute in its third decade,” continued Winchester-Vega.

Co Chairpersons Natasha Vega Michelle Winchester Vega

The dynamic duo of Natasha Vega and mother Dr. Michele Winchester Vega will co-chair the 2013 Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County event co-hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County.

The Tribute awards honor women in Orange County who have made a difference to the community in their professional, personal, or school-based activities.

The nomination categories are:

•    Arts (fine and performing arts, entertainment)
•    Business (business/industry, self-employed, professionals, etc.)
•    Communications (media, public relations, advertising, etc.)
•    Health Care & Human Services (profit or non-profit)
•    Public Service (government, politics, military, civil service, etc.)
•    Education (schools, colleges, organizations of formal education)
•    Woman of the Future (women between the ages of 16-21 who live, work, or go to school in Orange County)
•    BOBBIE A. LAHEY MEMORIAL AWARD – Volunteer Services (non-salaried services to the community)

“Giving back to my community and working to make the world a better place for people of all ages are important goals for me,” said Natasha. “I was honored to have my accomplishments recognized as the 2012 Woman of the Future. By joining forces with my mother, I hope to get more young women involved with this important event so that they may be inspired and motivated, as I was, by the success and talent of the women leaders in Orange County,” Natasha added.

Nominations for the 2013 Tribute awards are now being accepted. The form is available on the Girl Scout Heart of the Hudson website at www.girlscoutshh.org under Special Events or by calling 845.236.6002, ext 223. The deadline for nomination submissions is December 19.

More than 200 women from throughout Orange County have been recognized since the award’s inception in 1992. A 21 year collaboration between the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County, the Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement award recognizes women who exemplify the ideals of these two organizations.

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