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Laura Penny Community Impact Award

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The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona closed nominations for the Laura Penny Community Impact Award on Friday, February 8, 2019.  The 2019 Awardee will be announced in March 2019 and presented at our 2019 Annual Luncheon on April 24, 2019,

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award annually recognizes a woman leader from Southern Arizona. This award focuses on mid-career women, recognizing both their past accomplishments and their potential to create change in the future. Do you know such a woman leader who is making a difference in our community?  A woman in the trenches?  A woman whose work has positively affected the lives of women and girls?  Honor her by nominating her for the Laura Penny Community Impact Award, which will be presented at our 2019 Annual Luncheon on April 24, 2019.

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award was created in recognition of Laura’s incredible accomplishments as the Women’s Foundation’s CEO from 2004-2014.

Award Criteria

The Award honors a mid-career woman whose actions and accomplishments meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated a commitment to equality and dedication to furthering the status of women or girls in southern Arizona
  2. Engaged in work that has positively affected the lives of women or girls and has potential for creating real change
  3. Served as an important role model in the lives of women or girls
  4. Exhibited active involvement in feminist causes and/or organizations (e.g., pay equity, violence against women, women’s health, etc.)
  5. Participated in significant efforts to improve women’s well-being

How to Nominate

Thank you to everyone that nominated an extraordinary women for the 2019 Laura Penny Community Impact Award.  Nominations for the 2020 Laura Penny Award will open in late 2019/early 2020. Questions, please contact Terri Johnson at tjohnson@womengiving.org.

Liz Rabago, left, receiving the Community Impact Award from Lisa Lovallo of Cox Communications. Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Liz Rabago, left, receiving the 2016 Laura Penny Community Impact Award from Lisa Lovallo of Cox Communications.
Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Looking Back, Previous Award Recipients

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award was created in 2016, in recognition of Laura’s incredible accomplishments as the Women’s Foundation’s CEO from 2004-2014.

Past Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipients

2016 – Liz Rabago
2017 – Cheryl Horvath
2018 – Anna Harper-Guerrero

Laura Penny was a true change maker, as are our 2016, 2017 2018 Award Recipients: Liz Rabago, Cheryl Horvath and Anna Harper-Guerrero

When 2016 Award Recipient Liz Rabago began working at the YWCA of Southern Arizona ten years ago, everyone quickly learned that when women need something in this community, you can call on Liz to make it happen. Now serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Liz is a role model for other women struggling to overcome obstacles, an activist and advocate for social change and, through the innovative programming she has developed, she has improved the emotional and economic well-being of countless women and their families in our community.

Cheryl Horvath accepting the 2017 Laura Penny Community Impact Award. Photo by Tom Spitz for Martha Lochert Photography Mountain Vista Fire District

2017 Award Recipient Cheryl Horvath came to Tucson from Urbana, Illinois in 2006 on a mission to make first responder careers available to all women who desired them. As one of only three women in the Northwest Fire District, Cheryl overcame many challenges as she moved up the ranks from Battalion Chief to Division Chief before she took the helm as Chief of the Mountain Vista Fire District in 2015.  A decade ago, Cheryl helped launch the Girl Scouts’ Camp Fury program in Southern Arizona, and today, she is proud to say we have 9 additional camps throughout the U.S. and more planned for the future. The Camp Fury model, which now includes law enforcement and military, gives girls an opportunity to see that careers in public safety are ideal for women, and more importantly, women are needed in these roles in our communities. When Cheryl asks: Who are we? We respond: We are Fury!

Anna Harper-Guerrero, right, receiving the 2018 Laura Penny Community Impact Award from Mimi Coomler of Tucson Medical Center. Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

2018 Award Recipient Anna Harper-Guerrero, has dedicated herself to serving her community since 2012 by working to end violence against women and girls. She has worked in a wide variety of positions focused on addressing sexual assault and domestic violence, including her current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Her leadership at Emerge led to the organization’s distinction by The Non Profit Times as one of the Top 50 Non Profit Employers in the United States. Her appointment to the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Court through the Arizona Supreme Court has already influenced statewide criminal justice reforms and will result in future laws that create positive change for women and girls. For many years, she has taught social work courses as a faculty associate at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work, serving as a role model for women (and men, too) in the field. Anna has spent her life helping individual women and girls find safety and hope for the future.

 

Questions? Please contact Terri Johnson at the Women’s Foundation at (520) 622-8886, ext 2.