The 27th Annual Summit Awards- Central Florida Women’s Resource Center.

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The Central Florida Women’s Resource Center, has the mission of support our community, and when you give support to your community , many times you put a lot more than just effort. I saw five women today that dedicated their lives, to not only family and work, but their main drive was to change something, and make their life worth living. 

You can be a good and supportive citizen, but be an outstanding person is a task that will require great lengths of sacrifice. Faith, courage, determination and achievement are just words, when they have no meaning to you. But you can go across life and show your family, your relatives, friends and community, what is the mission you have chosen for your life. Today we saw women that chose to excel, to dedicate themselves because they believed and went forward, making their way just because they knew they could do it.

It is very easy to just sit and look the other way, but some people just can’t and for that reason civilization has received many gifts from people who decided to fight for a cause, whatever that cause is.Today we saw women being recognized by their community, for their work, example, achievement, and they all had a few things in common, family strength, guidance, commitment,concern and courage, they didn’t think “what if I fail ? there was no time for that, and instead they said, “What would you do, if you could not fail. The abundance of spirit, guided by faith and determination, can take you high, and here is what we witnessed today.

The Mistress of Ceremony Carolyn M. Fennel, recipient of  numerous awards herself gave an outstanding and inspirational speech. She is Director of Public Affairs, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Orlando International Airport/Orlando Executive Airport. The recipients for the 27th Annual Summit Awards this year were:

Julie Bennett, founder of  Montverde United Methodist Church‘s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in 2009, and has helped provide more than 27,300 meals to people in need on Lake County, she volunteers to Christians Who care for people an on-street homeless Ministry, and also a Band director for Heaven Bound Praise Band, among other accomplishments.

Helen Donegan, has worked with Heart of Florida United Way in Central Florida since the 70’s, President of the Division of Community Relations at UCF, and also a Director of Governmental Affairs Division at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. She was elected volunteer of the year by the Winter Park Commerce Chamber in 2001, and considered by Orlando Magazine one of the  50 most powerful people In Orlando from 2006 to 2010. Winner of the Publisher’s Award for Community Service  by the Orlando Business Journal in 2008, and recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals H. Clifford Lee Award in 2010. Her remarkable work for the Community, supporting education, social services, health and Arts has changed many people’s lives.

Shelly Morgan, has always helped through her business in Central Florida, not only the community but many non-profit organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis, The Golden Rule Foundation, Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank, American Red Cross, Harbor House of Florida, and Camp Boggy Creek. She has organized Golf Tournaments that have raised over US$ 67,000 in the last three years. Shelly was honored for her dedication generosity, dedication, passion and integrity.

Sherrie Sitarik,President and CEO of Orlando Health, she has worked for the organization for the past 33 years, after she graduated from Nurse School. She has been a President for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, President  at Orlando Regional Medical Center/MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando/Lucerne Hospital. She runs a Faith based career, and she is constantly asked to speak about her career journey and her personal faith-based mission.

Kay Wolf, a lawyer with a practice also guided to the Community and commitment to numerous nonprofit organizations, since 1976. She is a member of Venture Philanthropists, 100 Women strong giving Circles, served as a board of Director for the Central Florida Boys and Girls Clubs for more than 20 years. She is a participant member of her Church and an inspiration to our Community.

The event was awarded with Mayor Buddy Dyer presence , along with Michelle Brannon, Office Communications and Neighborhood relations Director, family and friends of all recipients among with all the members of  Central Florida Women’s Resource Center.


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