MEDIA CONTACT:
Carolina Aparicio
(818) 242-4155 ext. 213­­
carolinaaparicio@glendaleywca.org

GLENDALE, CA, January 30, 2017YWCA Glendale will celebrate the incredible achievements of six exceptional women in the greater Glendale community with the Heart and Excellence Awards at the 20th Annual YWCA Glendale Legacy Luncheon. The event will take place on April 5, 2017 at the Oakmont Country Club and aims to raise critical funds for the organization’s programs for low-income families, including its emergency shelter for women and children who are escaping abuse.

The event honors six women with the Heart and Excellence Award for their commitment to helping women and children in their communities and for their status as role models for all women. YWCA Glendale is also awarding the Jane O’Connor Volunteer Community Service Award and scholarship to a high school senior for her outstanding volunteer work. This year’s honorees are: Jeannie Flint, Nancy Guillen, Janet Hamilton, Joan-Patricia (JP) O’Connor, Nancy Stone and Georgiana Wu.

“The Heart and Excellence Awards honor remarkable women for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of women today and creating a fairer society for future generations,” said Suzonne Slaughter, Legacy Luncheon event chair and member of the YWCA Glendale Board of Directors. “I’m proud to continue this important tradition.”

Corporate and organizational sponsorships are available, and individual tickets are $100. Visit www.glendaleywca.org/legacy-luncheon for more information and to purchase tickets, sponsorships and program ads.

ABOUT YWCA GLENDALE
YWCA Glendale’s mission is to help women and children transform their lives with the support and tools they need to achieve economic independence, and have lives free from violence. YWCA Glendale is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

ABOUT THE 2017 HEART AND EXCELLENCE HONOREES

Jeannie Flint spent 28 years as a dynamic teacher and principal in the Glendale Unified School District, mentoring women who nurture and educate children. Since her retirement in 2000, she has continued to give her time, energy and talent to the Glendale community, volunteering with many organizations that help emotionally challenged children, supporting survivors of domestic violence through YWCA Glendale and currently serves as a board member for the Glendale Humane Society.

Nancy Guillen has volunteered in Burbank and Glendale for over 32 years, donating her time and money to causes affecting children and raising awareness about cancer. She is exceptionally devoted to her community and has served on the boards of the Glendale Latino Association, Family Promise of the Verdugos, as a member of Glendale Kiwanis and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.

Janet Hamilton has dedicated countless hours to helping the homeless, women in the armed services and the elderly in La Cañada and Glendale. She currently volunteers with Ascencia, LA Philharmonic, Soroptimist International of Glendale, the Philanthropic Educational Organization and the Montrose Church.

JP O’Connor has been training leaders of all ages for decades and has dedicated her life to empowering people through access to education, the arts and health resources. She has spent decades alongside her mother supporting many charitable causes through the National Charity League. A cancer survivor, JP has worked closely with the American Cancer Society San Fernando Leadership Council to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and education.

Nancy Stone has consistently given her time and talents to her community. She was instrumental in the development of the Service Learning Project at several local high schools, was a founding member of the CV Alliance to help address drug and alcohol issue with teens and has been involved with various organizations such as the National Charity League, Las Candelas and Ascencia.

Georgiana Wu, a registered nurse and medical technologist, has shown exceptional leadership through her volunteerism in Glendale. She has raised valuable funds for children with developmental disabilities and life-altering illnesses and was instrumental in passing policies that make the Glendale Adventist Medical Center safer for patients as well as expanding access to vital services for the greater Glendale community.

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