UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Scotch Plains Councilwoman Rose Checchio is among the recipients of the 2018 Women of Excellence Awards given by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. The awardees will be honored at the 26th annual Women of Excellence dinner on Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westwood, 438 North Ave. in Garwood.

Checchio, a breast cancer survivor, was first elected to the Scotch Plains Council in November 2014. She runs a private daycare center in addition to her governmental dutires. To learn more about Rose Checchio, read our TAPintoSPF profile.

“Throughout the years, the Women of Excellence Awards have sparked conversations about opportunities, challenges and achievements in today’s society,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Now more than ever, it is vital to affirm the powerful impact of women’s leadership, and affirm our support for women in all aspects of life in Union County.”

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The Women of Excellence Awards honor women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of arts and humanities, business/entrepreneurial, community service, education, government, law, law enforcement, medicine/health care, and women’s advocacy. The program is run by the Commission on the Status of Women and sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Office on Women.

“Our Women of Excellence awardees provide us with inspiring models for success in a wide range of endeavors. The whole community is strengthened and invigorated when each one of us can follow our passion and exercise our full potential,” said Freeholder Linda Carter, who is the Board’s liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Residents of Union County and out-of-county residents who are active in Union County affairs are eligible for the award.

The 2018 Women of Excellence awardees are:

  • Malathi Narayan Ananthakrishnan, New Providence  (Arts in Education)
  • Dr. Ludovina Archeval, Holy Redemer Home Care of Elizabeth (Health/Medicine)
  • Brooke Campbell, Cranford (Children’s Advocacy)
  • Maria Carvalho, Elizabeth (Youth Advocacy)
  • Councilwoman Rose Checchio, Scotch Plains (Government)
  • Candyce Mayers, Linden (Women’s Advocacy)
  • Marguerite Modero, Roselle Park (Special Needs Advocacy)
  • Donna Puzella , Summit (Business Leadership)
  • Patricia Roman, Clark (Volunteerism)
  • Margaret Salisbury, Union (Lifetime Achievement)

Nominations are open to women 21 years or older who live, volunteer, or work in Union County.

All awardees are guests of honor at the annual Women of Excellence gala awards dinner each spring. Awardees receive an engraved Women of Excellence plaque and a Freeholder Resolution recognizing their contributions to the Union County community.

The 2018 Women of Excellence Award Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday March 16, at The Westwood in Garwood.

Tickets are required for attendance and must be purchased by March 2, 2018. The cost is $50.00 per person. Payment may be made by check to the UCCSW and mailed to Ms. Carol Lombardo, 275 Fourth Avenue, Garwood NJ 07207. For more information email bkwrm148@hotmail.com.

The Union County Office on Women was established to help ensure that women connect with services and programs that enable them to reach their full potential at every stage of their lives. More information is available online at ucnj.org/women.

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