New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe held the 10th Annual Women of Distinction Awards at Stone’s Lakeside in Cicero on Saturday, March 19th after being virtual the past 2 years.

Host, April Stone, says, “As a woman and a business owner, I know all too well the challenges of these past two years. Having the support of fellow women and supporting them in return are just some of the things that drive me to work as hard as I do. We are honored to host this year’s event.”

Women from the state’s 127th District were honored for their contributions to the community. Categories included business, community and civic affairs, health, volunteerism, education, and a COVID Hero Award.

“The women who effect positive change and strengthen our communities deserve to be celebrated for all the work they do”, said Assemblyman Stirpe. “My annual Women of Distinction Awards are the perfect opportunity to uplift and honor remarkable women right here in our backyard and celebrate moving forward.”

Central New York Regional Representative, Tracy DiGenova, was on hand, with a message from Governor Kathy Hochul, “As you pay tribute to these distinguished women you highlight their strength of character and diverse abilities that inspire pride among their communities, their colleagues, and us all. Moreover, they motivate younger generations of women to reach their potential and goals in life, and we admire them as progressive role models within today’s society.

The 2022 winners are:

Sara Wall Bollinger: Community/Civic Affairs
Sue Kowalski: Higher Education
Linda McCrystal: Health/Food Insecurity (posthumous)
Anju Varshney: Covid Hero
Kasey Dolson: Education
Mary Kay Maroney: Volunteer
Lori Schakow: Business