NEW HARTFORD - The YWCA held an event Thursday evening to announce its annual honorees.
The "Salute to Outstanding Woman" is held each year to honor local women who do outstanding work in their career fields and in the community.
The YWCA celebrated 30 years of shining a light on women's achievements in the Mohawk Valley. They honored nine women who they say demonstrate excellence and leadership.
"It’s an opportunity for us at the Y to welcome these women in to our, sort of our network," YWCA CEO Dianne Stancatto said. "They bring so much diversity to our mission, and that's how I feel about it anyway. And it's always a fun time to get to know them."
At the reception at Valentino's, previous honorees were able to welcome the incoming group.
Organizers with the YWCA say two new categories were added - One for entrepreneurs and one to honor a young scholar in the community.
"I feel very honored to be the youngest but also very nervous because I’ve never received an award like this before," said 15-year-old Dah Eh, the Outstanding Youth Honoree. "So it's very humbling and a very proud moment for me, and my family’s very proud of me as well."
YWCA is an organization dedicated to empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace. It is their mission to bring awareness to issues affecting women in local communities.
The ‘Salute to Outstanding Women' is one of the organization's biggest events of the year. The awards dinner will be held on May 17.