Monday, February 25, 2008

Celebrate and Share Celebrates Women History Month

For Immediate Release
Contact: Celebrate & Share
Bonnie DiCarlo, Co-Founder
JoAnn R. Forrester, Co-Founder
412.440.6969 or 412.670.4322

"Celebrate and Share"
Pittsburgh's 2008 Women of Achievement Honorees

Pittsburgh, PA - February 25, 2008

Twenty-three of Pittsburgh's most notable women will be acknowledged for their accomplishments and contributions to the City of Pittsburgh at the Third Annual Celebrate & Share, Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at The Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. and wife Mary Zappala will Co-Chair the third annual event, which is traditionally held every March in observance of Women's History Month. Cribs for Kids® was founded in 1998 by Pittsburgh District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., the late Mayor Bob O'Connor, the late Commander Gwen Elliott, and SIDS of PA Executive Director, Judith Bannon.

Celebrate & Share, an organization founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester in 2002,
features the achievements of women, and raises funds for organizations which focus on the needs of women and children in the community. The Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast was established in March during Women's History Month to honor the women of Pittsburgh who contribute so much to our community. This year will feature a special tribute to Women of Achievement past and present in honor of the city of Pittsburgh's 250th Anniversary Celebration.

Cribs for Kids® will be the beneficiary of the proceeds of the 2008 Women of Achievement Breakfast. They were chosen due to their commitment to reducing the incidence of SIDS by supplying cribs for infants and educating parents about practicing safe sleep for their babies. Since the beginning of the campaign that recommends infants sleep on their backs - the "Back to Sleep" campaign - the incidence of SIDS has been cut in half.

2008 Women of Achievement Award recipients include:

The Honorable Cheryl L. Allen ~ Judiciary
Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Georgia Berner ~ Business Owner
Berner International, Inc
Sara Davis Buss, Esq. ~ Law
Houston Harbaugh
Sherri Bevan Walsh ~ Prosecuting Attorney
Akron, Ohio
The Honorable Jane Clare Orie ~Government
PA State Senator 40th Senatorial District
Laura Ditka, Esq. ~ Child Advocacy
Deputy District Attorney for Child Abuse
Jeanine Fallon ~ Banking
Senior Vice President, First Commonwealth Bank
Lynne Garfinkel ~ Non Profit
President of the Pittsburgh National Council of Jewish Women
Shirley Gleditsch ~ Community Volunteer
Manager of the Thomas Merton East End Community Thrift Shop
Linda Leonhardt ~ Finance
VP Market Manager First National Bank of PA
Emma Lucas Darby, PhD ~ Social Justice
Chair of School for Social Change, Carlow University
Rev. Dr. Jermaine McKinley ~ Community Affairs
Ass't Director Metro-Urban Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Catherine Raphael ~ Philanthropy
Mary Riebe, PhD ~ Women's Advocacy
Director of the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Roberta L. Schomburg, PhD ~ Academia
Director of School Of Education, Carlow University
Arletta Scott Williams ~ Public Service CEO
Executive Director Alcosan
Det. Jill Smallwood Rustin ~ Law Enforcement
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Suzanne Steiner ~ Arts
Rev. Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD ~ Spirituality
The Presbyterian Church of Mt. Washington
Sarah Tambucci, PhD ~ Education
Executive Director of the Arts Education Collaborative
The Honorable Debra Todd ~ Judiciary
Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Ann Truschel ~ Entrepreneur
President, Truschel Insurance
Brenda Waters ~ Media

For more information about Celebrate & Share and the Women of Achievement Awards contact Bonnie DiCarlo 412.480.5247 or JoAnn R. Forrester at 412.670.4322. For tickets please contact Cribs for Kids® at 412.322.5680, ext. 5.

JoAnn R. Forrester
S. I. Business Associates
Blue Ribbon Profiles
Price it Perfect Cost Management System
Celebrate & Share
412-440-6969 Office
412-670-4322 Cell
PA Best 50 Women in Business 1999
SBA Small Business Women Advocate 2000 and

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