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Westchester Women's Agenda Honors Unsung '(S)heroes'

The Westchester Women’s Agenda  is holding its 2015 Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast ion April 21.
The Westchester Women’s Agenda is holding its 2015 Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast ion April 21. Photo Credit: Facebook

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – The Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA) will honor three women on Tuesday, April 21, as unsung “(s) heroes” who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of women in Westchester County.

The awards will be presented at the group's 2015 Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 Buckhout St., Irvington,

The three inaugural recipients of this award are Ronda Billig, Sheila Klatzky and Patricia Ryan.

Billig, a former labor lawyer, is a current and active volunteer at Pace University Women's Justice Center, regularly working the Legal Helpline for the past five years to assist victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, as well as accompanying clients to court and assisting with the center's annual fundraising dinner. For the past seven years, she has worked as a volunteer for St Barnabas' Church, helping to organize and run their annual clothing sale.

Klatzky, current secretary for the WWA, created and edits the WWA quarterly newsletter and helped organize and facilitate the Women’s Cafes. She coordinated and did fundraising and publicity for the first and second Westchester Women’s Summits, both of which succeeded in engaging members of the community on issues of concern to women. She engages in publicity efforts on behalf of the WWA, contributes to its social media efforts and keeps WWA members on track and engaged in matters affecting the coalition and its operations.

Ryan, as a board member and board chair of the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund has played a vital role in helping to elect pro-women candidates and legislation. She canvasses the community about important issues affecting women, does phone banking for pro-women candidates, writes letters to the editor, hands out “Get Out the Vote” fliers at train stations, speaks at public hearings and lobbies in Albany and in Washington, D.C. She also serves as president of the Irvington Historical Society, district leader for the 8th District of the Irvington Democratic Committee, and leads a memoir-writing group at the Irvington Senior Center.

Tickets for the event are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and can be ordered here .

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