The YWCA of Greater Toledo honored seven area women yesterday for their contributions to the community with the organization's annual Milestones Award at a luncheon at SeaGate Convention Centre.
The award recognizes northwest Ohio women for accomplishments and contributions in arts, business, education, government, sciences, social services, and volunteerism.
The YWCA said the recipients have opened doors for other women to achieve their potential.
•Arts: Paula Brown, owner of Paula Brown Shop/Paula Brown Gallery.
•Business: Betsy Brady, vice president and treasurer, Plastic Technologies Inc.
•Education: Mari Draughon Davies, executive director, Toledo Ballet Association Inc.
•Government: Neema Bell, attorney, Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick LLP.
•Sciences: Anne Baker, executive director, Toledo Zoo.
•Social services: Deb Ortiz-Flores, executive director, Lucas County Job and Family Services.
•Volunteerism: Sandra Hylant, vice president, Midland Title & Escrow Ltd.