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Utica, NY, January 10, 2020 – YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) is accepting nominations for their 2020 Salute to Outstanding Women awards ceremony until Friday, January 17, 2020. To nominate an Outstanding Woman, visit ywcamv.org/Salute. Nominations are due back to YWCA MV by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, January 17. The selected honorees will be recognized during the Salute to Outstanding Women luncheon to be held on Thursday, April 16 at Hart’s Hill Inn. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, passed after a long and hardfought battle by the suffragists. The work YWCA MV does every day picks up where the suffragists left off: fighting for true equality and uplifting the voices of all women everywhere. Salute 2020 will celebrate women who do the same. One Outstanding Woman will be honored for each of the eight Salute categories:

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Education: teachers, instructors, administrators, community educators, coaches, mentors, professors, librarians, tutors, etc.

Entrepreneur: an individual who has started their own business; large or small, storefront or online, etc.

Healthcare: physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals, opticians, dentists, therapists, healthcare aides, pharmacists, etc.

Human and Public Service: law enforcement, fire department, armed forces, EMT, social workers, non-profit employees, etc.

Outstanding Youth: girls age 17 and under who deserve recognition for their schoolrelated and academic achievements, and/or volunteer in their community

Professions/Business and Industry: employees of all levels in any profession, business, or industry including but not limited to formal education, training, or skills: attorneys, accountants, construction, marketing, etc.

Social Justice: an unsung heroine whose efforts truly embody YWCA MV’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math): an individual working in and/or promoting STEAM in any field

Nominees must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in Oneida or Herkimer county, and must have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and/or community.

Youth nominees must be 17 years of age or younger and live, work, or attend school in Oneida or Herkimer County. Nominees cannot be past Salute honorees, current YWCA MV board members, or current YWCA MV staff.

This celebration of local women has brought together dedicated women who from across the Mohawk Valley. Now numbering 257 members, the Salute Academy has served as a testament to YWCA MV’s mission since the first Salute ceremony in 1989. Nominate your Outstanding Woman today!

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About YWCA Mohawk Valley YWCA Mohawk Valley is a nonsectarian organization engaged in the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In 2018, YWCA MV provided more than 20,000 instances of service to individuals in Herkimer and Oneida Counties via such programs as domestic and sexual violence crisis services, violence prevention education, residential services for homeless women and children, and emergency shelters and transitional housing for individuals escaping violence. For 24-hour, confidential help with domestic and/or sexual violence in Oneida County, call 315.797.7740. For 24-hour, confidential help with sexual violence in Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120. More information about YWCA MV can be found by visiting ywcamv.org or by contacting Allison Flanagan at aflanagan@ywcamv.org or 315.732.2159 ext. 245. YWCA MV receives funding support from the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica and the United Way of Rome & Western Oneida Counties.

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