Sen. Ritchie of Heuvelton recognizes Women of Distinction from St. Lawrence County
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 8:57 am

Sen. Ritchie is pictured above with the “Women of Distinction” honorees from St. Lawrence County after Wednesday night’s ceremony at the Riveredge Resort in Alexandria Bay.)

State Senator Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, recognized more than 30 “Women of Distinction” for their contributions to our region at a special ceremony held Wednesday evening at the Riveredge Resort in Alexandria Bay.

The “Women of Distinction” program honors distinguished women from our region and throughout the Empire State who have been trailblazers in business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, or have personally excelled against difficult odds.

Those honored from St. Lawrence County include: Kathleen Fisher Bouchard, Rosemary Demick, Evah Foster, Lynn Smith Fox, Esther M. Gushea, Dr. Colleen M. Livingston, Michelle A. McLagan, Deanna Page, Mary Lou Rupp, Carol A. Sheesley, Lori Witherell and Paula Youmell.

In addition to recognizing honorees, Wednesday’s ceremony also featured a performance by an all-female flute quartet, as well as Alexandria Bay’s Callie Rapant, who sang the National Anthem.

“From their selfless contributions to our communities, to their efforts to break glass ceilings and pave the way for other women to follow in their footsteps, there are so many remarkable women in our midst who make a tremendous difference in our region each and every day,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The ‘Women of Distinction’ program allows us to honor these women for making a difference in the lives of so many people in our region, but also thank them for the strength, grace, pride and determination they demonstrate while doing so. I am proud to recognize the 2018 Women of Distinction honorees, and can’t wait to see how they continue to have a positive impact on their communities moving forward.”