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Women & Family Life Center Announces Inaugural ‘Shoreline SHEros’ Event

Published June 02, 2020 • Last Updated 01:57 p.m., June 03, 2020

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Women & Family Life Center, Guilford Youth & Family Services, Madison Youth & Family Services, Clinton Human Services, and Branford Counseling & Community Services have joined forces to host the inaugural Shoreline SHEros Community Awards which will take place virtually on Saturday, June 6. The event, which was originally scheduled to be hosted in April at the Nathanael B. Greene Community Center in Guilford, will honor women and girls on the Connecticut shoreline who demonstrate compassion and a desire to improve the quality of life for others and who are making a difference in their communities.

A SHEro is a woman or girl who inspires others through her actions. She is a person who leads with kindness, has a desire to help others and is someone who is making a positive change in herself or for others in a community. She could be a friend, neighbor, a teacher, or business owner. Thirty women and girls will be honored in a virtual event on June 6.

“There are so many women and girls in our communities doing so much good for their friends, families, and neighbors that we really wanted a way for our communities to come together and celebrate them. Our hope is that we also inspire even more of our women and girls to be confident in their abilities, pursue their passions, and do good in the world, “ said Women & Family Life Center Executive Director Meghan Scanlon.

Scanlon said the idea for the event came about after the agencies began collaborating after a discussion about the many amazing women and girls making an impact in their communities. Yet what was missing, they found, was an event recognizing them for the work they do and a platform for them to tell their stories.

This year’s keynote speaker is U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. This year’s honorees are:

Chelsea Barron, Branford

Wendy DeLucca, Branford

Joanne Goldblum, Branford

Diane Pappacoda, Branford

Jenna Kareliussen, Clinton

Kelley Edwards, Clinton

Sherry Martini, Clinton

Christine Willett, Clinton

Lauren Kaplan, Madison

Keelin Virgulto, Madison

Jennifer Chapman, Madison

Karen Helburn, Madison

Tara Henry - Madison

Katie Stein, Madison

Martha Wells Hoffman, Madison

Bobbi Jo Evans, East Haven

Mary Angus, Killingworth

Gabriela Garcia-Perez, Guilford

Carrie Bishop Healy, Guilford

Kathy Breed, Guilford

Jennifer Cruet, Guilford

Patricia McGuire, Guilford

Janice Ward, Guilford

Gail O’Leary, Guilford

Kristin Song, Guilford

Shannon Gale, Guilford

Britney Obokovitz-Tasto, Guilford

Liza Petra, Guilford

Marji Lipshez Shapiro, Guilford

Andrea Silber, Guilford

Deborah Heinrich, Guilford

For more information, visit Honorees will be honored virtually on June 6 at 10 a.m. RSVP via email to Note “SHEro Awards” in the subject line of the email and include a contact name and an email address to confirm attendance. Guests will receive a link in order to sign in to the virtual event.

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