Mercy Center honors Women making History in Erie

   April 2, 2014 6:59 am    0

 

Dynamic“Someone to inspire.”

That was the moving message last night as the Mercy Center honored a Dynamic Dozen women for community service at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In one hour, an audience of 400 met 12 women who lift up other women … and inspire.

The photo at left is taken from Paul Lorei’s salute to the women. Paul took all the portraits of the women, and they have been on display at the Milcreek Mall. The Dynamic Dozen from left, top row include:

Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer and founder/executive director of StringsforaCure and La Petite jewelers; Sister Carolyn Gorney-Kopkowski, of the Order of St. Benedict; Grace Kennedy, executive director, Community of Caring; Daria Devlin, independent grant writer. Second row: Maureen Dunn, executive director, Erie D.A.W.N.; Barbara Roseborough, retired nurse, Saint Vincent Hospital;  Colleen Moore Mezler, owner ofMoore Research Services; Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. Bottom row: Alice Edwards,Mercyhurst University associate professor of arts and humanities; Mary Daly, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees president/liaison; Sally Range, a volunteer who is active in the community; and Yvonne Horn, senior auditor, Eriez Manufacturing.

I know a lot of these women, but there were so many things I never knew about them that I discovered last night. We also met two women who graduated from the Mercy Center Women’s program: Cynthia Bruce and Mary Lessig. Inspiring women who completely turned their lives around.

Congratulations to all!

Read more about the Mercy Center here, and the Mercy Center’s 5K is Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle.

On Sunday, in Her Times, you’ll also learn about the upcoming Purse and Pearls luncheon where you will meet another extraordinary woman who credits the Mercy Center for her success during the Dress for Success annual benefit luncheon scheduled for May 20.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

 

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