At his sixth annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony Saturday, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, R,C,I-East Meadow, honored 22 women from across the 17th Assembly District for the "tremendous impact they have had on their communities and the diligence with which they have sought to better the lives of others through their commitment to service."
Seven women with strong ties to the village of Garden City were among those recognized during a morning ceremony Aug. 11 at the Albertson VFW Hall:
- Kerry Calvert of Garden City, a Stratford School teacher who founded "GC For a Cure" in 2010, which raised more than $21,000 for cancer research at its inaugural race.
- Judith Courtney of Garden City, current president of the Eastern Property Owners' Association.
- Jerie R. Newman of Garden City, a resident who has dedicatd herself to educational programs and civic activities in the village for 54 years.
- Merril Schapiro Biscone, Esq., Garden City, first woman appointed acting village court justice for the village of Garden City and has served in that capacity for more than 12 years.
- Joan F. Schmidt of Garden City, a registered nurse, wife and mother of two on a mission to make gluten-free worry-free.
- Isabelle Smith of Garden City, a 40+ year resident very active in the Colonel Aaron Ogden chapter, Garden City, of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Barbara Trapasso, Esq. of Garden City, a successful attorney who has served as vice president of the Garden City school board for the last three years.
Calvert told Patch she was honored to be nominated. "My goal in life is to make a difference in my teaching, my community and in the world of cancer!" she said.
Courtney, a fellow honoree, added, "It was truly an honor to be included with such a distinguished group of women. What really impressed me was the dedication, time and energy each woman gave to something they loved. It showed me how each of us, in different ways, can all contribute to make our communities a better place."
McKevitt said that over the years he's met "countless women whose work has enriched the lives of everyone in our community."
"But too often their contributions have gone unnoticed,” he said. “The ‘Women of Distinction’ ceremony allows our community the opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of these women and thank them for all they have done to make a difference.”
The assemblyman added, “I hope the dedication and achievements of these women will stand as a shining example to those in our community to promote the betterment of others.”