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2014 Brava Awards Honors 10 Admirable Women

YWCA's 40 year tradition empowers local women

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Greenwich, CT | Added on February 07, 2014 At 07:29 PM

The YWCA honored 10 professional women of merit at the 2014 Brava Awards at the Hyatt Regency Friday morning. Every year since 1977 the YWCA honors women who have excelled in their professional careers and offered something back to their communities. 

"We had a lot of people and a lot of nominations this year," said 

Greenwich YWCA President and CEO Adriane Singer. "These ladies are the cream that rose to the top."

The YWCA's mission is to empower women and eliminate racism. Honorees ranged from editors, entrepreneurs, to financial and medical professionals. 

"I've always been an active volunteer in any community that I lived in and the Y was a very special organization for me when I was growing up," said Fabiola Arredondo. "So it's a real pleasure to be here and get the chance to honor the YW." 

Honoree Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper's BAZAAR Magazine tells us even the smallest contributions to society both local and national, can go a long way. 

"I think it's important for all women to impart as much information as they can to others," said Graham. "If it helps one person in the room weather it helps someone think to themselves, I'm not doing anything and I'm not using my brain, let me think of another way I can help the community. So many women that will be at this luncheon today are present all the time. They're present stacking shelves at Neighbor to Neighbor, they're working on the PTA, they are raising money and helping out at soup kitchens locally, those are the kind of images that I think are so important." 

"That's what makes a community a great community," said CEO and Founder HSP Henkel Search Partners, Eleni Henkel. "Is that people are all willing to help others who need the help others who need the help and to give back in ways that were given to them previously, so it's important that everybody does something to help and I think mentoring young people in the community is important and what the Y does to help women is really important as well." 

The YWCA has been supporting its mission for 95 years. Events like the BRAVA Awards are sponsored by YWCAs across the country. 


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