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Four Hillsborough Residents Honored as Outstanding Women in Somerset County

“We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Four township residents have been selected as Outstanding Women in Somerset County, an annual recognition sponsored by the county Commission on the Status of Women.

Each has been recognized for their expertise and contributions in specific areas: 

Hillarie Scannelli, Arts/Entertainment/Sports;

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Lois Bennet, Government/Public/Social Service;

Paulette Brown, Journalism/Media/Law;

Dr. Laurene Wolf, Medicine;

A dinner honoring the receipients will be held Friday, March 18, at The Imperia at 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset.  A cash bar at 6 p.m. will be followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person.

Advance reservations are required by March 1; no reservations will be taken at the door.  For a reservation form or more information, contact commission member Marti Kalko at (908) 385-7948 or or visit to print the form.

“We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, commission liaison.  “It is most appropriate that during Women's History Month, we take the time to publicly recognize them and say thank you.”

Other honorees include:

Business/Entrepreneurs/Information Technology – Jacqueline Miller of North Plainfield; Environmental Initiatives – Marjorie Margentino of Bridgewater; Hometown Hero – Joyce Walker of Bridgewater; Volunteerism – Donna Emanuelli of Bridgewater; and the Shirley Noble Lifetime Achievement Award – Peggy Matzen of Basking Ridge and Debbie Sestokas of Warren.

Guest speaker Katie Meyler of Bernardsville will be honored with an “Outstanding Global Impact Award.” She is the founder of More Than Me and is a TIME Magazine Person of the Year.

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