(WKTV) - They juggle kids, families and full-time jobs -- and on Thursday, eight women took a break to have lunch and be recognized for their contributions to the community.
The eight come from various fields, including education, healthcare, business and arts and communication. This is the 26th annual Salute to Outstanding Women put on by the YWCA.
More than 400 people packed Hart's Hill Inn for the afternoon event. Over the past 26 years, 217 local women have been honored.
"It shows how many amazing women we have," said Laura DeStefanis, development director with the YWCA. "We had an honoree that we called and she said, 'I work really hard, and it's really nice to be recognized.' That's the best part of this event -- being recognized for being wonderful mothers, wonderful family members, wonderful and their job and talking about the challenges and struggles and things they've overcome in their lives."
Thursday's luncheon also serves as a fundraiser for the YWCA and its domestic violence crisis service, among other programs.
Those honored are:
Arts & Communications: Jenna Wratten of New Hartford
Business & Industry: Renee Scialdo Shevat of Cobleskill
Education: Alicia D'Ambrosio of Utica
Healthcare: Polly DiCesare of Sauquoit
Human & Public Services: Evon Ervin of Utica
Professions: Pamela G. Matt of New Hartford
Racial Justice: Kathryn Stam of New Hartford
Unsung Heroine: Barbara Putnam of Oneida.