Tonawanda News

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October 3, 2012

11 Women of Distinction honored in 5th annual banquet

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Tonawanda News — “I accept this award not only for myself, but for all of those who stand behind me,” she said.

In addition to her career as a senior clinical technologist and a winning bowler herself, she’s helped the association raise money for cancer at their annual fundraiser.

Next came Jennifer Berryman. As an animal lover, she’s on the board of directors for GRROWLS, a golden retriever rescue operation, and she raised the highest amount for the SPCA’s Paws in the Park Event. And with a goal of $3,000 for the 2013 event, it doesn’t look like she will be stopping any time soon. 

Susan Gregg then accepted her award. For the past two years, Gregg has been the force behind the Tonawanda Garden Walk and is also the chairwoman of the Tonawandas Board of Visual & Performing Arts. 

The next honoree to be highlighted was Debbie Jaeger, who has advocated for stricter domestic violence laws after her brother-in-law killed her sister in 1998. Jaeger’s loss inspired her to advocate for a law in her sister’s name that would allow a judge to consider the violence of an action when setting bail. 

Beverly Loxterman has a similar passions to Jaeger, and as a member of the YWCA of the Tonawandas’ Board of Directors, she supports their many domestic violence programs. More than 30 years ago, she created the Niagara County Rape Task force to help victims. 

Donna Zeller Neal was next to receive her award. Neal is the North Tonawanda History Museum executive director and has helped grow the organization immensely — adding 6,900 members to the mailing list since her start in 2003, and helping expand the museum to a larger building on Webster Street. 

Following Neal, Terri Parks was honored. After retiring from a long and successful career as a teacher, she now serves as the president of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo-Niagara. Despite her large leadership role, she also makes time for Camp Fire and 10,000 Villages as a volunteer. 

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