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Women of Achievement announces 2017 honorees

Women of Achievement announces 2017 honorees

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Women of Achievement is pleased to announce the 2017 Women of Achievement honorees—a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. Founded in 1955, the St. Louis Women of Achievement Award is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The recipients will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf.

The 2017 Class of Honorees includes:

Claire Applewhite — Educational Enrichment

Christine Buck — Youth Dedication

Adrienne D. Davis — Arts Advocacy

Marlene Hammerman — Social Justice

Rosemary Hanley — Youth Services

Margaret Hopkins — Community Betterment

Kathy Lambert — Social Enterprise

Elizabeth Mannen — Volunteer Leadership

Colleen Kelly Starkloff — Human Welfare

Asha Zimmerman — Caring and Compassion

Joni Karandjeff, the president of Women of Achievement, notes that volunteers are the "unsung heroes of our community."

“The strength and longevity of the region’s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers," she says. "We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes—women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.”

Gin Wachter, the chair of this year's luncheon, says the event will be a special way to honor and highlight the awardees.

“Surrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree’s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful," she says. "In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.”

Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy.

Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or

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