Twenty-one women who live or work in Somerset County have been named as this year's Outstanding Women in Somerset County for 2013.
Among the honorees are Watchung Borough councilwoman Debra Joren, who is being honored for her contributions in government and public service.
“The 21 honorees represent a cross-section of backgrounds, abilities and endeavors,” said Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, commission liaison. "It is our pleasure to recognize them for the many contributions they have made to their communities.”
The county's Commission on the Status of Women presents these awards annually in celebration of Women's History Month in March. Honorees are women who live or work in Somerset County.
Tickets are on sale for what is the 21st annual Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards dinner. The event is sponsored by the county Commission on the Status of Women.
This year’s program will be is scheduled for Friday, March 22, at The Imperia at 1714 Easton Ave., in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
A cash bar at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., according to an announcement from the county. Tickets are $50 per person.
Advance reservations are required by March 11. no reservations will be taken at the door, according to the county. For a reservation form or more information, call Commission Chairwoman Paula Marasco at 908-953-0791 or go online at http://bit.ly/2013WomenDinner to print the form.
Recipients by category are:
Business/Management — Carol Ann Winder of Bernardsville
Education — Lorrie Baumann of Branchburg, Peggy Katzenberger of Lebanon and Viktoria Wargo of Hillsborough
Entrepreneur — Dawn Kettling of Bedminster and Dianne Leoni of Hillsborough
Environmental Initiatives — Kay Paragano of Bernardsville
Government/Public Service — Debra S. Joren of Watchung and Marguerite "Peg" Schaffer of Bedminster
Health Services — Alyce Brophy, RN, BSN, MPH, of Milford; and Dorothy J. DeMaio, RN, Ed.D., FAAN, of Far Hills
Hometown Hero — Morgan Dluhy of Branchburg; and Donna Dourney of Hillsborough
Law — Annmarie Simeone, Esq., of Woodbridge, who works with Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., a Bridgewater law firm.
Medicine/Health Services — Vedrana Gjivoje, M.D., of Bernardsville; and Aleita Eck, M.D., of Franklin
Public Service — Judith A. Sullivan, municipal clerk and administrator for Bedminster Township
Social Services — Nicole DeSario of Montgomery
Volunteerism — Nancy Buck Pyne of Peapack-Gladstone; Jane R. Fidacaro of Raritan; and Bev Glockler of Montgomery.