The third annual Press-Telegram Amazing Women Awards event, held this year at The Centre in Lakewood on Sept. 12, drew a capacity crowd of more than 400 enthusiastic supporters.

As a brief video was presented, showcasing three women in each of six categories, exclamations of awe, and applause, rippled throughout the room.

The consensus of the attendees was that "These are all truly amazing women, I'd hate to be a judge and have to choose one, they're all so exceptional."

Overheard were such remarks as, "It's amazing in itself that we have so many extraordinarily amazing women in our community."

"It's unusual and very special, that women who aren't necessarily prominent or well-known, but who do so much, are recognized for all that they accomplish for others."

Rich Archbold, Press-Telegram community liaison and editor emeritus, as master of ceremonies, introduced the judges and many dignitaries attending. Carolina Garcia, the executive editor of the Press-Telegram, Daily Breeze and L.A. Daily News, welcomed the throng and presented beautiful crystal awards to the winning women. Paul Ingegneri, vice president of Press-Telegram advertising, announced a new award this year, the "Non-Profit of the Year." He presented a check for $2,500 to the Long Beach Day Nursery, accepted by Doloris Mayuga, in recognition of the nursery's 100th anniversary.

The Amazing Women winners were: Dr. Sherry Meinberg who won the Arts & Culture award; Business award went to Cindy Allen; Education to Carrie Bryant; Health & Wellness to Dr. Nancy Kimber (proud mom Diane Jacobus was in the audience); Community Service/Volunteer went to Janine Limas Hageman; and Sports went to Katy Sullivan, who flew in from London to accept the award and was to fly the next day to Washington, D.C., for an award ceremony at the White House.

"They're all winners," declared Archbold, citing the nominees, who included: caryn desai , Lorine Parks, Deborah Golian Castro, Margaux Kohut, Jean Egan, Pilar Pinel, Mary Alice Braly, Linda Muro-Garcia, Sharifa Batts, Alisha Lopez, Debbie Bickerstaff and Stacy Kelly.

Judges included: Joseph Cho, Nancy Foster, Gina Rushing Maguire, Rocky Suares, Sandy Cajas, Gloria Deukmejian, Diane DuBois, Lisa Ramelow, Felton Williams.

When guests first arrived they were greeted by the lively music of the Long Beach Poly High Jazz Quintet. The evening's program began with a violin solo by Christina Eastman, also of Poly High. Before dinner, a silent auction opportunity for sports memorabilia was offered.

Seen at the scene: Diane Jacobus, Beverly O'Neill, Gov. George Deukmejian, Dr. Frankie Grover, Pat Archbold, Barbara Blackwell, Jean Bixby Smith, Marlene Temple, Jackey Gray, Virgie Barnes, Mort and Susan Stuhlbarg, Eunice Sato, Howard Chambers, Connie Szeibel, Jeff Williams, Vic and Bonnie Ceglas, Julie Suares, Eileen Factor, Gene and Ann Lentzner, Cindy Gillis, Sandy VandenBerge, Dr. Mike Walter, Patrice Wong, Dr. Jerry Finkelstein, Randal Hernandez.

'Back to School'

Celebrating the End of Summer and the success of their "Back To School Project," agents and affiliates for Keller Williams Realty gathered for a beach party on Sept. 8.

Guests were able to enjoy the sand, sun and surf with kayaks (donated by Vince Driscoll of Integrity Termite), boat rides and volleyball matches. Kathy Cooper of Beach Community Escrow and Sarah Handley of Coastal Coordination provided a jumper for the kids and Keith Murphy of RPM Mortgage treated everyone to food from the Naples Rib Company that included BBQ beef, chicken, ribs and sausage and other tasty comestibles. Agents were encouraged to bring school supplies to the party.

For the past seven years, the office has collected donations of school supplies and cash to help the more than 5,000 homeless children in the local community. The money collected is used to buy backpacks and uniforms for students at the Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center for Homeless Students and those at local schools.

Chris Steinhauser, superintendent for the Long Beach unified School District, sent a truck to the KW Los Alamitos office to collect the large load of school supplies donated by the community and agents.

Operating Principal Tammy Newland-Shishido and Team Leader Elaine Armogida presented a check for almost $14,000 to Christine Frumen, the project organizer.

FYI: Keller Williams Realty is very active in the local community. KW Los Al Cares, the office's nonprofit charity, holds shredding and e-waste events, the yearly toy drive and KW Idol; it also collects food for the Second Harvest Food bank and collect clothes, blankets and coats for the homeless.

Seen at the Scene: Tammy Newland-Shishido, Elaine Armogida and Chris Ferrell, Richard and Shelly Daskam, Gus and Beth Quinonez and sons Kai and Klaus, Thomas Shelby, Marcos Ramirez, Vince Driscoll, Brenda Brock, Linda Sopo, Dennis Berry, Jennifer Davis, Kelly Laird-Smith and son Tyler, Kathy Leo, Jeanine Davies, Sarah Handley, Dan and Chani Ludwig with daughters Jordyn and Josselyn, Nivia Licardie, Christine Frumen, Dave Lewis, Kathy Cooper, Keith Murphy and Pattie Laird.


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