Women of distinction nominees chosen this week

The YWCA McLean Couty Women of Distinction Awards declared the 37 nominees for the accolades on Monday.

Each nominee was chosen for one of six classifications: business, creative arts, entertainment, education, professions, social services and volunteer service.

The 25th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the ISU Bone Student Center. The banquet event will announce the award winners after the dinner and keynote speaker, Dara Richardson-Heron. Heron is currently the YWCA USA CEO.

The winner in each section will be chosen for their leadership skills, accomplishments and their commitment to helping the county grow.

WINGS award winners will also be acknowledged during the event. WINGS is a scholarship that is sponsored by past Women of Distinction award receivers and was created to encourage women in both professional and personal development.

The YWCA has gotten 19 applications for the WINGS award this year.

Tickets for the banquet are $55. Call (309) 662-0461 or visit to make reservations.

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