ELIZABETH, NJ - The nomination process is now open for the 2019 Union County Women of Excellence Awards. Residents, business owners and non-profit managers can submit nominations for the 28th annual Women of Excellence awards through December 2. The awards celebrate women who have made a powerful impact on life in Union County.

In 2019, three Summit residents -- Amy Cairns, Antonietta LaVecchia, and Mary Zimmerman -- were among a group of eleven Union County women designated as recipients of Women of Excellence Awards, and Summit's Donna Puzzela was among those honored in 2018.

Women can be nominated for their achievements in various fields. Especially qualified women residing or working in Union County who have made an impact are eligible for nomination. Nominations are open to all women 21 years or older who live, volunteer or work in Union County. Individuals, businesses, non-profits and government agencies can submit nominations for an award. The awardees will be honored at the annual Women of Excellence gala awards dinner, which will be held on March 27 in Clark. 

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Each awardee will receive an engraved Women of Excellence plaque and a Freeholder Resolution in their honor recognizing their impact on the Union County community. 

“It is always important to raise awareness about the influence of women in every sphere of the Union County community, from business and legal affairs to public service, education and much more,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “These awards recognize the contributions made by women who inspire, lead, serve, and in so doing, make a positive difference in the quality of life for everyone in Union County.”

The Women of Excellence awards are sponsored by the Freeholder Board and the Union County Commission on the Status of Women, with the Union County Office on Women.  

Women of Excellence nominations may be submitted online. To submit a nomination, visit ucnj.org/women-awards

Nominations will also continue to be accepted by mail. Mail-in nominations should be sent to the Union County Administration Building, Attn: Union County Office on Women, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 2nd Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07207.

For any questions about the nomination process or for further information, call Union County Commission of the Status of Women/Freeholder Administration Liaison, Nancy Malta, at 908-527-4298 or contact nmalta@ucbj.org.