If you know a women who inspires you and lives or works in Peoria, you have an opportunity to tell her how you feel. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 YWCA Leader Awards Luncheon. The committee is looking for local women who go above and beyond in their career, home life and/or volunteer work. There are several new categories so you are sure to find one that fits the person you would like to see honored.
Given in honor of creative women such as Julia Proctor White, a Peoria-born author and lifelong civic volunteer. Julia served as president of the Florence Crittenton Home (1903-1910); first president of the Women’s Civic Federation (1905-1908); first vice-president of the Peoria Free Kindergarten Association which established public school kindergartens in Peoria in 1907. She co-founded the Peoria Women’s Club in 1911 and established an evening business women’s department in 1914. She authored and directed plays produced by the Peoria Players, was first president of Peoria’s League of Women Voters, and originated the idea of a civic arts center for Peoria, now known as Lakeview Center. Nominees for this category are women who have demonstrated leadership in Arts, Communication & Media.
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Given in honor of Mother M. Frances Krasse, who led six sisters when they were invited to Peoria in 1876 to set up a hospital. From a rented three-story house on Adams Street, the sisters served the community under the name St. Francis Hospital. Mother M. Frances was elected their first Mother General. Even from her death bed at the age of 46, Mother M. Frances reminded her fellow sisters to nurse the sick with the greatest care and love, then God’s blessings would follow. Nominees for this category are women who have demonstrated leadership in the Health care profession.
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